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Metrology in medicine: from measurements to decision, with specific reference to anesthesia and intensive care.

Squara, P; Imhoff, M; Cecconi, M (2015) Metrology in medicine: from measurements to decision, with specific reference to anesthesia and intensive care. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 120 (1). pp. 66-75. ISSN 1526-7598
SGUL Authors: Cecconi, Maurizio

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Metrology is the science of measurements. Although of critical importance in medicine and especially in critical care, frequent confusion in terms and definitions impact either interphysician communications or understanding of manufacturers' and engineers' instructions and limitations when using devices. In this review, we first list the terms defined by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures regarding quantities and units, measurements, devices for measurement, properties of measuring devices, and measurement standards. The traditional tools for assessing the most important measurement quality criteria are also reviewed with clinical examples for diagnosis, alarm, and titration purposes, as well as for assessing the uncertainty of reference methods.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2014 International Anesthesia Research Society. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License, where it is permissible to download and share the work provided it is properly cited. The work cannot be changed in any way or used commercially.
Keywords: Anesthesia, Humans, Intensive Care, Medicine, Uncertainty, Weights and Measures, Anesthesiology, 1103 Clinical Sciences, 1109 Neurosciences
SGUL Research Institute / Research Centre: Academic Structure > Institute of Medical & Biomedical Education (IMBE) > Centre for Clinical Education (INMECE )
Journal or Publication Title: Anesthesia and Analgesia
ISSN: 1526-7598
Language: eng
January 2015Published
21 August 2014Accepted
PubMed ID: 25625255
Web of Science ID: WOS:000346601300014
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