The objectives of the programme include, promoting confidence in the public about medical measurements, preventing possible erroneous low measurements of blood pressure which may result in patients not receiving valuable drug treatment or high measurements of blood pressure where individuals may be put on a lifelong blood pressure lowering drugs unnecessarily.
A failure in medical measurement is not an issue of customer dissatisfaction it is a concern with protection of life.
In addition with the programme launch, the SLBS will use the opportunity of the audience to address metrication of the health sector. The SLBS is conducting the second phase of work since the country declared the metric as the standard of legal measurement. The consultation will attend to outstanding issues in the use of metric in health and set a timeline for the health sector to make a declaration on being fully metric.
The event will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the offices of the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards in Bisee from 9 am.