OSCE dilemma sorter: Dilemma 1

In this clip you are the examiner and a candidate has been asked to examine a patient's blood pressure. However during this station something happens...

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As an examiner how would you manage this situation?

Reveal answer

Every effort is made to test equipment prior to the OSCE and also provide backup equipment. However as in the real working environment equipment can also fail. Examiners have to make a decision whether the equipment failure is quickly remedied (e.g. simple attachment of the bulb on a sphygmomanometer) or not.

If not, you should notify the invigilator as soon as possible. Ultimately we don't want to disadvantage a candidate. They may be allowed to repeat this station after the OSCE session has finished.