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A patients blood pressure values as reported by one doctor were higher than those recorded by another doctor. How does one defend this?
Dr KK Aggarwal and Ira Gupta,  12 February 2018
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The onus to prove negligence is on the complainant and not the doctor. The complainant has to make an allegation supported by evidence. Mere allegation has no value. It is for the complainant to produce expert opinion that the first reading was wrong and that the second reading was right.

The defense is simple and should be based on expert opinion and literature evidence showing that blood pressure can show wide variations within the same day.


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  • Dr Manoj Vithalani 21 February - 19:56 hrs

    BP is a variable factor, cannot be reproducible If need arises for wide variations in a patient then Ambulatory BP monitoring to be advised

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  • Dr Raman Mahajan 15 February - 11:47 hrs

    BP usually not coststant ,TWO readings by same set up May show some difference even at few minutes different recordings

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  • Dr Dr Brijmohan Rai Khadria 15 February - 09:43 hrs

    Blood pressure can vary in 24 HOURS depending on calf size and placement of calf on arm.

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  • Dr dr. mohammed iliyas sheikh 14 February - 10:48 hrs

    THE BLLOD PRESSURE CHANGES TIME TO TIME DEPENDING SO MANY FACTORS STARTING FROM STRESS ....... SO IT ALWAYS VERY PERSON TO PERSON AND TIME TO TIME.

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  • Dr anand kamat 13 February - 08:40 hrs

    V true Even human error of 6 to 10 mm of hg will be there & Auto machines will also show variations .

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