Gartner method

Gärt·ner meth·od

(gart'nĕr),
a method of measuring venous pressure, based on the Gärtner vein phenomenon; with the patient sitting erect, a vein is selected on the back of the hand that is held dependent, well below the level of the right atrium, and then is raised slowly; when the vein is observed to collapse, the distance between its level and that of the atrium is measured with a millimeter rule; this distance gives the venous pressure in millimeters of blood; thus the vein itself is used as a manometer communicating with the right atrium; highly inaccurate, especially in elderly subjects.

Gärt·ner meth·od

(gārt'ner meth'ŏd)
A method of measuring venous pressure, based on Gärtner vein phenomenon; with the patient sitting erect, a vein is selected on the back of the hand, which is held dependent, well below the level of the right atrium, and then is raised slowly; when the vein is observed to collapse, the distance between its level and that of the atrium is measured with a millimeter rule; this distance gives the venous pressure in millimeters of blood; thus the vein itself is used as a manometer communicating with the right atrium; highly inaccurate, especially in elderly patients.

Gärtner,

August, German physician, 1848-1934.
Gärtner bacillus - a widely distributed species that occurs in humans and in domestic and wild animals, especially rodents. Synonym(s): Salmonella enteritidis
Gärtner method - a method of measuring venous pressure.
Gärtner tonometer - an apparatus for estimating blood pressure.
Gärtner vein phenomenon - fullness of the veins of the arm and hand held below heart level and collapsed at a certain variable distance above that level.
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