Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Sphygmomanometer on the verge of extinction

The way things are going there may come a time when you have to visit the Mütter Museum in order to see one. If you don’t believe me, next time you’re on the ward ask the nursing staff for one and note the blank stares.

Dr. Wes muses about the vanishing sphygmomanometer and laments that the phenomenon is symptomatic of declining basic clinical skills. He’s a little conflicted, though, because it’s good for business if you’re an electrophysiologist.

I don’t particularly mind the newer electronic BP machines (all you have to do is push the button) except when I need to check a patient for pulsus paradoxicus.


blacktag said...

Fortunately, there's always the trusty intra-arterial line for pulsus paradoxus.

Forgive me for the irony.

Vitum Medicinus said...

The equipment companies still try to convince us med students to buy our own personal sphygmomanometer.