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Educación Médica

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CARAMELO, C.; MARIN, M.; ALVAREZ, B.  and  GRANIZO, J.J.. Variability of arterial pressure measurements performed by advanced medical students. Educ. méd. [online]. 2008, vol.11, n.2, pp.85-90. ISSN 1575-1813.

Introduction. No objective data are available to know whether advanced medical students are in command of basic practical skills, ie, arterial pressure measurement. Subjects and methods. Variability of arterial pressure measurements was examined in 5th- and 6th-year medical students. Results. Significantly higher variability coefficients were found in right arm diastolic arterial pressure and heart rate. A systematic measurement error was detected in some groups and individuals. Conclusion. A teaching effort will be necessary to improve arterial pressure measurement skills, with special emphasis in diastolic arterial pressure and bilateral measurements.

Keywords : Arterial pressure; Diastolic arterial pressure; Medical students; Variability.

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