By no sir I have not - 08/03/2013 00:35 - United States
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#19 It's highly unlikely the actual doctor was taking the blood pressure. It's much more common that a medical/patient/lab assistant or tech was doing it as a pre-exam. And while you're correct that assumptions shouldn't be made it was obviously inexperience, is that the kind of person you want handling you're medical history?
#46 Agreed, in any profession this is true. I work on the medical field so I understand the mistake. I didn't mean inexperienced in a derogatory way, I meant as in eventually it's like muscle memory and comes naturally. And about handling the medical history I was referring to why the patient probably made the comment, not my personal belief about OP's abilities...I apologize guys for not clarifying, when I reread it I realized how negative it sounded, and that was not my intention. As you said honest mistake.
If you had to have your patient teach you how to do your job, maybe this is not the right field for you.
It's true, everybody makes mistakes. Even in the health care industry people make mistakes. However, when working in the medical field the margin for error is substantially lower as you are dealing with people's lives. Even though OP's mistake was a minor one and didn't cause any harm to the patient, it was still a very elementary mistake that I would expect someone who has had training would not make. Taking vitals signs are the most basic of skills in health care and is one of the first things we were taught.
My cardiac stethoscope has a bell that can be twisted around so either the cardiac bell or the regular bell is audible. I hardly ever use the cardiac bell, but sometimes it can be twisted to that side in my backpack, and I have used the wrong side. Pretty easy fix though. Just saying it can be an easy mistake to make if his stethoscope is like mine.