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Montri D. Wongworawat, MD; Antony R. Boody, MD
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The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2006 May 01;88(5):1165-1165
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M.D. Wongworawat and A.R. Boody reply:The arterial line manometer is an electronic pressure transducer used in our operating suites and telemetry-monitored units. The tubing and manometer are single-use items packaged and manufactured by Maxxim Medical (Athens, Texas). The electronic portion of the device and the monitor screen are made by Hewlett-Packard (Houston, Texas). The mechanical pressure is transformed to a visual waveform and a number (mm Hg), which is read from the monitor. There is no diameter listed for the tubing itself, but we "zeroed" (tared) the device at the level of measurement prior to data collection, so the differential diameter of the needle and tubing should not be an issue. We did not change the tubing in the arterial line manometer system for any of the measurements.
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