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NICE approved blood pressure monitor better detects irregular heartbeat


Sounds like a good piece of kit but can never take the place of manually taking a pulse or listening to the heart. Having been in a hospital with AF and SVT I was shocked that the nursing staff never once did my pulse manually ,the obs were done by some nurses or the health care assistants who took the reading from the Sao2 monitor which cannot cope with an irregular pulse. They ignored the cardiac monitor because it was too dificult to chart such a fast irreguler pattern. looking at my chart you would get the impression that I had a normal heart rate. After my doctor saw the chart he wanted to discharge me and I had to remind him to look at my cardiac monitor and take my pulse! I pointed this out to the nurse in charge one day and asked her why they did not do the pulse manually, she told me they were not taught to take a manual pulse for patients with arrythmia. When I was moved to CCU the nurses there also never took a pulse manually. Totally disgusting and dangerous. False recordings lead to misdiagnosis of the living and inaccuracey in determinating the cause of death for coroners. When using this monitor ,any positive readings should allways be followed up with manuallychecking.

Posted date

19 August, 2012

Posted time

6:27 pm