"improving intensive care in Scotland"

Automated blood pressure measurement

Inaccuracies common

Machines dislike atrial fibrillation (variable stroke volume), tachycardia, bradycardia, extremes of BP

Underestimates in low flow states due to vasoconstriction

Overestimates systolic in vasodilated patients

Consider using a sphygmomanometer and palpation

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