Unsafe health and safety: sphygmomanometer cuffs are not interchangeable

Posted at — Mario Hernández Cueto — junio 17th, 2013 — 9:54 under comentario

Unsafe health and safety: sphygmomanometer cuffs are not interchangeable

ComentandoPor: K C Shaw, C M McEniery, I B Wilkinson y M J Brown.  Journal of Human Hypertension (2013) 27, 434–436

Unknown to its hypertension specialists, a major teaching hospital changed the cuffs on its sphygmomanometers from manufacturer-validated to a uniform washable alternative, in line with ‘Health and Safety’ concerns surrounding potential cross-contamination between patients. When clinic doctors suspected serious under-reading with the new cuffs, a systematic comparison was undertaken in 54 patients (mean±s.d. age, 61±17 years), using two UM-101 sphygmomanometers, one using the original, manufacturer-supplied cuff and the other with the washable replacement.
[Actualizado: 17 de junio 2013]

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