BP measurements: First alerts and bathwater

Ehud Zamir ezamir at UNIMELB.EDU.AU
Thu Sep 19 22:55:29 UTC 2013


To paraphrase on the famous quote, stethoscopes do not misdiagnose diseases, doctors misdiagnose patients. Every diagnostic tool, from history taking to invasive biopsies, has its role, its sensitivity, specificity, and relevance to given circumstances. It's how these tools are used that matters, not just what tools are used. 
Ehud Zamir
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Subject: [IMPROVEDX] BP measurements: First alerts and bathwater

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From: Gomez, Cheryl [mailto:Cheryl.Gomez at ProMedica.org]
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Subject: Re: [IMPROVEDX] BP measurements and Stethoscope use

Before we throw the baby out with the bathwater, we must remember that the stethoscope is the tool in the hands of our frontline providers (nurses and technicians) that may provide the first alert to the physician who is not at the bedside.  Is it feasible, or cost effective, to provide more technologically advanced tools to the thousands/millions at the bedside?

Cheryl Gol

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