BSA is a measurement used in many medical tasks. Various
Body Surface Area
formulas have been developed over the years, originally by
Dr.s Du Bois & Du Bois, followed by Gehan and George, Haycock, Boyd and
Mosteller. These formulas all give slightly different results. It is
probably not worth the trouble to debate about which formula may or may not be
slightly better. A bigger issue is lack of standardization. The Mosteller
formula is gaining support as a common standard because it is much simpler and
can be memorized and easily calculated with a hand-held calculator.
Some of you will feel nostalgia for the old BSA calculator, which fit better onto a standard computer monitor. But it looked quite
old and I was forced to change the layout into a single column and make it responsive for use on cellphones.
I've used this redesign opportunity to show off my soft pastel colors style (which I made myself), and introduce the Moose.
Back in 1999, there was confusion about BSA and people were always looking up- and debating- the formulas.
Nowadays the internet brings calculators like this to us instantly, and we just get our work done a little faster.
This calculator DOES HAVE some WEIRD behavior, if you enter weight or height values that are very large or small.
It either shows error messages or changes the values. Way back in 1999 I thought that was a good safety check,
but I'm having second thoughts now. I may remove or alter that to be less annoying.
On my Body Mass Index calculator, it has hover pop-ups for weight and height, so you don't have to type.
I probably won't put that onto the BSA calculator, because it would encourage inaccurate rounding. But try it out
and if you really want it on this page, let me know.
December 2, 2014: Today I learned that some people PRINT this page, as a record of the Dose calculation.
So I added a print button, to a print layout. Is this sufficient? Let me know.