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Student measurement of blood pressure using a simulator arm compared with a live subject's arm.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20798803     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To compare accuracy of blood pressure measurements using a live subject and a simulator arm, and to determine students' preferences regarding measurement.
METHODS: This was a crossover study comparing blood pressure measurements from a live subject and a simulator arm. Students completed an anonymous survey instrument defining opinions on ease of measurement.
RESULTS: Fifty-seven students completed blood pressure measurements on live subjects while 72 students completed blood pressure measurements using the simulator arm. There were no significant systematic differences between the 2 measurement techniques. Systolic blood pressure measurements from a live subject arm were less likely to be within 4 mm Hg compared with measurements of a simulator arm. Diastolic blood pressure measurements were not significantly different between the 2 techniques.
CONCLUSIONS: Accuracy of student measurement of blood pressure using a simulator arm was similar to the accuracy with a live subject. There was no difference in students' preferences regarding measurement techniques.
Jennifer J Lee; Diana M Sobieraj; Effie L Kuti
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of pharmaceutical education     Volume:  74     ISSN:  1553-6467     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Pharm Educ     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-27     Completed Date:  2011-01-20     Revised Date:  2013-05-29    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372650     Medline TA:  Am J Pharm Educ     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, Storrs, CT, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Arm / blood supply
Attitude of Health Personnel
Blood Pressure Determination / methods*,  statistics & numerical data
Computer Simulation*
Cross-Over Studies
Education, Pharmacy / methods*
Models, Anatomic
Students, Pharmacy / psychology

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