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Monitoring Equipment

Monitoring equipment plays an important role in the care and treatment of patients in the general practice surgery setting. The range of devices that we are now using in day to practice is ever growing. In order to understand equipment appropriately and apply effectively it is important that all persons involved, be they staff member or patient (for home monitoring) are informed and trained accordingly and that they adhere to manufacturers’ instructions regarding use, storage and maintenance. This will facilitate best practice that is safe. We also need to be able to demonstrate robust systems that support all the aforementioned, for Care Quality Commission inspections.

The following MCQs will be looking at five monitoring devices commonly used in a typical general practice surgery setting in order to understand important issues.

This resource is offered at intermediate level and includes five assessment questions to support your continuing professional development. Complete the resource, including the further reading and some or all of the suggested activities, to obtain a certificate for one hour of continuing professional development to include in your annual portfolio.

Learning outcomes

After completing this resource, you will be able to:

  • Consider the importance of ensuring that equipment is fully functioning and fit for purpose
  • Discuss the rationale for working within competency and keeping up to date when undertaking monitoring
  • Assess equipment for suitability and for calibration history
  • Describe the importance of correct application of equipment
  • Appreciate the importance of appropriate training in order to undertake a monitoring role

Reading List

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Devices in Practice.

Practice Nurse featured article

Calibration: Why is it important? Margaret Perry

Education Resources

Education For Health, Essentials of Primary Care Nursing