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Name: Jorge
Status: student
Grade: other
Location: Outside U.S.
Country: Colombia
Date: Summer 2012

Are the patient monitors used for humans the same ones used for animals?

Human breathing and heart pacemakers don’t fundamentally differ from other animals. Why should they be? Humans are animals too!! The range of cardiovascular functions and other biochemical functions differ in their range and intensity, but that does not make them differ in principle, only in the range of the values. The size of the animal may be different (mice, cows, elephants, and whales are not the same), but the monitors are basically measuring the same electrical and mechanical responses.

Vince Calder

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