912 Calibration As An Important Factor Effecting Primary Care Health Services

Akturk Z, Set T, Isik M, Avsar U
Aim: The role of medical equipment’s in daily practice have increased both qualitatively and quantitatively. Each device has a correct measuring interval. These intervals are defined using some standards which can only be done using calibration devices. Equipment’s needed and procedures to run a calibration centre will be given in this presentation. One of the most frequently used devices in primary care is the sphygmomanometer, which is inevitable in the diagnosis and follow up of hypertension. It is estimated that just because of calibration errors in the sphygmomanometer devices, one fifth of hypertensive cases are missed while one third of the patients receives a false positive label of hypertension. Taken into account the large adverse effects of calibration problems to the health services given by primary care physicians as well as the unnecessary economic burden, calibration in primary care becomes an utmost important issue.
Conclusion: Medical devices used in primary care should be regularly checked for proper calibration. Family physicians should be actively involved in the establishment and operation of calibration centres in order to assure high quality health services.
Calibration as an important factor effecting primary care health services