How do you want to be known as a Paramedic/EMT?
B. Frequently wrong
According to a recent article in JEMS, Ditch the Machine to Improve Accuracy in Blood Pressure Measurement and Diagnostics, “automated blood pressure readings are frequently inaccurate.”
Is this a surprise to anyone?
Yet, many of us continue to relay on automated BP cuffs to direct our clinical actions.
In a March 2016 article in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, Which is More Accurate in Measuring the Blood Pressure? A Digital or an Aneroid Sphygmomanometer:, digital devices:
- should be used with caution, doubt and suspicion
- are not up to standard
- (can cause many people to be) wrongly or misdiagnosed
- may prove disastrous
The JEMS article points out that even the manual for the Physio-Control Lifepack 15 contains this warning:
“shock may result in a blood pressure waveform that has a low amplitude, making it difficult for the monitor to accurately determine the systolic and diastolic pressures.”
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