Submitting Mercury Sphygmomanometers
"In practice, many healthcare professionals are already phasing out mercury sphygmomanometers."
Why should healthcare professionals move to mercury-free blood pressure devices?
In spite of the availability of alternatives, the use of medical devices containing mercury, such as sphygmomanometers (blood pressure measuring devices), thermometers, thermostats and laboratory chemicals, continues to be widespread in many European countries. Although European authorities recently agreed to ban the sale of new mercury thermometers for home and healthcare use, sphygmomanometers remain an area of concern because they represent a large mass of mercury per device (approximately 80-100 g/unit in comparison with 1 g/unit in a thermometer)1, and therefore pose a greater hazard in the event of breakage.
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Last updated on 14 June 2011
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