Blood pressure measurement - Does anyone do it right?: An assessment of the reliability of equipment in use and the measurement techniques of clinicians

Authors
Citation
Jt. Mcvicker, Blood pressure measurement - Does anyone do it right?: An assessment of the reliability of equipment in use and the measurement techniques of clinicians, J FAM PLAN, 27(3), 2001, pp. 163-164
Citations number
8
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Editorial Material
Categorie Soggetti
Public Health & Health Care Science
Journal title
JOURNAL OF FAMILY PLANNING AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE
ISSN journal
1471-1893 → ACNP
Volume
27
Issue
3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
163 - 164
Database
ISI
SICI code
1471-1893(200107)27:3<163:BPM-DA>2.0.ZU;2-B
Abstract
Objective. To assess the accuracy and consistency of blood pressure measure ment techniques among individual clinicians and the reliability of the equi pment in everyday use. Design. Professional survey. Participants. The senior nurse at each of 28 clinics was sent two questionn aires about equipment, and 55 health professionals were sent a questionnair e about their measurement technique. Main outcome measures. Faulty equipment, date of last service, named indivi dual responsible for equipment, knowledge of protocols regarding mercury sp illage, correct technique for measuring blood pressure, training in blood p ressure measurement. Results. An 82% response rate on equipment showed it to be in relatively go od condition, although maintenance problems and some potentially dangerous health and safety issues were highlighted. A 67% response rate on measureme nt technique showed that there tvas considerable variation in individual me asurement technique that could lead to inappropriate action. Comment. This study has lead to replacing all mercury with aneroid devices, and to the development of staff guidelines and updating on measurement tec hniques. A re-audit will be carried out to complete the cycle.