Angry Doctor

Friday, June 23, 2006

Layman's Guide to Medical Equipment 3

Sphygmomanometer

Nevermind how you pronounce it - it's the blood pressure thingy.

It measures your blood pressure by measuring the air pressure required to squeeze your arm blood vessel shut.

That's why we need to pump the cuff up with air.

That's also why you shouldn't ask me what your blood pressure is before I pump the cuff up.

It also does not measure your blood sugar or cholesterol levels - the cuff is not some sort of transdermal sensor.

2 Comments:

  • Angrydoc, do you find yourself doing certain procedures and examinations just for the sake of satisfying the customer's pre-conceived expectation that the doctor should be checking this for me and that for me even when it isn't necessary?

    Or like doing more is good and less is bad?

    On the other hand, do you also find yourself doing less sometimes because the patient's pre-conceived expectation is that he should not have certain unpleasant procedures done on him?

    Eg patient complains of constipation/abdominal problems and you don't complete the physical examination by looking at the groin for hernia or perform a digital rectal examination? Patients give me the "funny look" when I want to check their groins for hernia and perform DRE.

    So which is better? Having a patient walk out the door with a happy smiling face because the doctor has done what he wanted? Or having a patient walk out the door thinking, "Basket the doctor sick or what want to see my down there and stick finger in my ass!"

    I think in the former the possibility of lawsuits and complaints to SMC are actually lower!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At June 24, 2006 9:25 am  

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