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Tips In Using Calibrated Medical Instruments In Measuring Blood Pressure And Temperature

Mar 21, 2008
When going to the hospital or clinic for a physical, doctors will always start by asking a few questions and then use a stethoscope and a blood pressure monitor as part of the initial test.

The individual's blood pressure is important because it can predict any potential health risks. This is done by strapping a band on the arm of the patient and then pumping a few times so that the gauge will be able to give an accurate reading.

The figures that come out will enable the doctor to recommend what steps should be taken so that such risks can be avoided. Someone overweight for example should go on a diet and exercise to lose those excess pounds while those who are malnourished or fatigued should eat more and get some rest.

If there are no problems, the patient can be released until the next visit, which could be scheduled after another 6 months. The person doesn't have to wait until it is time once gain to go to the doctor to check on the blood pressure. This is because a battery powered machine can be purchased at the drug store for use at home.

When opening the box, it will be a good idea to read the instructions to be familiar with the instrument. The manual will tell what kind of batteries should be used, where this should be plugged and how this should be placed on the arm.

People know that on average, getting something like 120 over 80 means everything is normal. The machine should always start from zero and then move its way up. If it doesn't, something could be wrong which causes the differences in the readings.

Should this happen, the best thing to do is to stay calm and check on the machine. A lot of things may have caused this such as the strap was not fixed properly or there is something wrong with the battery. When this happens, the individual should readjust the strap or replace the batteries with new ones and get another reading.

But if the batteries are good, then something could be wrong with the machine. The owner should have someone look at the machine or call the customer service hotline usually written in the manual to learn how this can be calibrated. Are electronic ones better than the mercury models? The answer is no. More people prefer the battery operated ones because these are cheaper and are able to give the same results when calibrated and used properly.

Monitoring Temperature With Calibrated Thermometer

Traditionally, this instrument is made of glass with mercury inside and numbers on the sides. The parent will place this under the armpit, mouth or rectum for a few minutes to determine the kid's temperature.

This type of thermometer is calibrated using mercury to get the patient's temperature. Since these are no longer being used, other models have taken its place such as the digital, the ear or the disposable thermometer.

Digital and ear thermometers are calibrated to give an exact reading using infrared sensors. Batteries power these instruments so this has to be checked every time to get an accurate reading. Disposable thermometers are calibrated to do the same thing in the form of dots. The parent can apply this in the mouth or in the rectum. A change in color could mean the kid has a fever. This should be thrown away after getting a reading so a new one will have to be used a few hours later to see if there is any improvement.

Other industries also use calibration when getting readings in equipment. This will depend on the standards set by the governing body just like the ones used by the doctor. The use of any of the thermometer is not painful and may cause a little discomfort for the child. It is a good thing that a fever is not that serious and this can be remedied by wearing light clothing, blankets and drinking plenty of liquids.

However, if the child's temperature is around 39 or 40 degrees Celsius, it will be a good idea to call a doctor. This person will be able to say whether the kid will have to be confined in the hospital or it is safe to do everything at home. In most cases, the specialist will recommend either acetaminophen or ibuprofen to break the fever.

There are many causes of fever and this could be an allergic reaction to medication or an infection from an injury. Parents should stay calm and use a calibrated thermometer to get the temperature before deciding to self medicate or call the doctor.
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