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Am J Pharm Educ. 2010 Jun 15;74(5). pii: 82.

Student measurement of blood pressure using a simulator arm compared with a live subject's arm.

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University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy, Storrs, CT, USA.

Abstract

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.

KEYWORDS:

assessment; blood pressure; hypertension; simulator

PMID:
20798803
PMCID:
PMC2907847
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