mending cracked tubing on manual blood pressure cuff

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On 10/3/2012 7:50 AM, Norminn wrote:

But there seemed to be fewer nosocomial infections when everything was put in an autoclave and hospitals weren't forced to hire dumb asses. O_o
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On 10/3/2012 2:10 PM, The Daring Dufas wrote:

Even without dumb asses, there were, and are, egomaniacs who cut people open and don't wash their hands enough. Recent experience in accompanying someone to have sutures removed after an injury (to FACE) and the SOB came in the room and started taking sutures out without washing hands AGAIN. This with constant publicity about the death rate caused by hospital acquired infections. So...he washed his hands after the previous patient? Then touched the dirty: door knob? Chart? Cell phone?
One of these days, after the socialists get done requiring all medical records to be electronic, the REAL faults in our healthcare system will begin to show up. Already fining hospitals that readmit Medicare patients too often. Go sosh!! I've seen terrible treatment just within my own family, not to mention 30 years in nursing. Off my soapbox now :o)
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On 10/3/2012 2:27 PM, Norminn wrote:

I used to do a lot of work on automatic doors in hospitals and when the hospital opened after a remodel, I had a nurse chastise me for not wearing a face mask. I said OK then asked her to climb up my ladder and look at the top of the door operator housing which was covered with construction debris a lot of dust and dirt. She almost fell off the ladder from the shock of what she saw. I told her it would be a good idea to look at the tops of everything, including doors and any sort of shelf or bracket. ^_^
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Makes you wonder how clean the hospitals really are?
I was in a walmart, today. A couple guys with a shop vac, and several extension tubes were vacuuming the ceiling located vent grilles. They would find dirt at hospitals, for sure.
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I used to do a lot of work on automatic doors in hospitals and when the hospital opened after a remodel, I had a nurse chastise me for not wearing a face mask. I said OK then asked her to climb up my ladder and look at the top of the door operator housing which was covered with construction debris a lot of dust and dirt. She almost fell off the ladder from the shock of what she saw. I told her it would be a good idea to look at the tops of everything, including doors and any sort of shelf or bracket. ^_^
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I read, years ago. Nurses are the cleanest, in terms of sterile procudure, and hand washing. Some doctors deserve to be taken out and shot. Firing squad armed with large bore needle, glass syringes, recently from the infectious wing.
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Even without dumb asses, there were, and are, egomaniacs who cut people open and don't wash their hands enough. Recent experience in accompanying someone to have sutures removed after an injury (to FACE) and the SOB came in the room and started taking sutures out without washing hands AGAIN. This with constant publicity about the death rate caused by hospital acquired infections. So...he washed his hands after the previous patient? Then touched the dirty: door knob? Chart? Cell phone?
One of these days, after the socialists get done requiring all medical records to be electronic, the REAL faults in our healthcare system will begin to show up. Already fining hospitals that readmit Medicare patients too often. Go sosh!! I've seen terrible treatment just within my own family, not to mention 30 years in nursing. Off my soapbox now :o)
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Autoclave the dumbasses?
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But there seemed to be fewer nosocomial infections when everything was put in an autoclave and hospitals weren't forced to hire dumb asses. O_o
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On 10/2/12 4:55 PM, snipped-for-privacy@walla.com wrote:

tube running from the air bladder to the gauge and with another tube running from the hand bulb pump to the air bladder. There are cracks in the rubber in one of the tubes. Everything else -- gauge and air bladder -- are fine. Instead of trying some kind of tape, what kind of goo could be bought to fill in the cracks so that there's no air leakage? State the name of a product if you know or think it would be good to use for this mending. Thanks

If yours it's so old the rubber is cracking, gotta wonder how accurate the gauge still is. New ones are $19.95 at the big box retailers. Knock yourself out!
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I did find a Internet price on a manual unit $14, plus postage. Most sell for $40 or more. Look on target.
The problem, the hoses go into the cuff. I would have to try and rip the thing apart, but the ball needs replaced too.
I once bought a cheap wrist unit, does not work on me. The electronic models are cheaper than a really good manual unit.
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wrote:

I have fine blood pressure but someone gave me a used automatic one, probably a cheap one. Some night after the grocery pharmacy closes I'm going to go compare its reading with the grocery store's reading.
not that the grocery store is right, but it's something to do.

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You need to compare near the same time period. Activity and environment will alter your readings.
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On 10/2/2012 7:17 PM, Douglas C. Neidermeyer wrote:

To second Doug's comment, especially if your unit uses an old fashioned aneroid meter with a round face and a needle. If you have a real antique with a mercury column, it will be accurate, but now illegal to possess in many jurisdictions. The digital/electronic sensors are supposed to be more accurate and durable than the aneroid meters, but it's hard to find any long term definitive studies that evaluate that.
I recommend that you contact the office of your regular family physician and ask if they would do you a favor at no charge. You want to bring your own device to the office and have the nurse or tech check your BP with both their office meter and with yours, sequentially, on the same arm. If the two readings differ by more than about 6mm Hg, after at least one repeat measurement with both devices, I would invest in a new home unit.
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Good quality pharmacies that cater and are usually located near hospitals that also sell wheelchairs and crutches do sell very good quality rubber hoses. In fact when I need to work on a fountain I stay away from the garbage quality hoses that major hardware stores sell that kink and crack. I just go to a good pharmacy.
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I didn't even see one on rite aid, and I get 20% off. I expect cheap chinese stuff to crack. I bought one about 20 years ago for about $30' cheap back then. Mine is cracking, but still works. Just ordered $15 backup from target. Leakage will not affect accuracy. As long as you can get enough pressure. Yes you can spend hundreds on a good manual unit, even more with a mercury type.
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