Unvalidated blood pressure devices with small cuffs are being used in hospitals

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7309.398/a (Published 18 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:398
  1. Mark Thomas, consultant (thomasmk@heartsol.wmids.nhs.uk),
  2. Tamsin Radford, senior house officer,
  3. Indranil Dasgupta, consultant
  1. Department of Renal Medicine, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham B9 5SS

    EDITOR—O'Brien et al's review of blood pressure devices1 prompted us to survey use of these devices in six acute areas in our hospital (the accident and emergency department, the intensive care unit, a cardiology and two other wards, and the haemodialysis unit).

    Altogether 48 devices were found and were examined to ascertain their make and cuff size. The size of any second cuff was also measured. There were three mercury sphygmomanometers, seven anaeroid sphygmomanometers (all …

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