Blood Pressure Equipment
Blood pressure machines are among the most common and important diagnostic tools around. An ambulatory blood pressure monitoring device, or sphygmomanometer, measures values for a patient’s blood pressure in millimeters of mercury, or mm HG. It measures systolic pressure, or the peak pressure in an individual’s arteries, and diastolic pressure, the lowest reading at the heart’s resting phase.
By monitoring blood pressure, physicians can diagnose high blood pressure, or hypertension, so that healthcare professionals can administer treatment. It is important to measure and treat this condition because it increases the risk of heart disease and stroke, aneurysm, kidney problems, and heart failure.
How to Find the Right Blood Pressure Equipment
High blood pressure has no symptoms. It’s, therefore, known as the silent killer, persisting over time undetected if not discovered and treated. Medical facilities, doctor’s offices, and hospitals need to find the most reliable, accurate equipment to address patients’ health needs.
• Fit: The cuff must be adjustable to fit most patients to ensure all readings are accurate.
• Ease of use: The controls, display, and directions should be easily understood.
• Features: Risk-category indicators, irregular heartbeat detectors, user memories, and other functions maximize versatility.
Proper Use of Blood Pressure Monitors
As has been indicated, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring should be relatively simple. Some equipment allows you to take automatic and manual measurements, such as the Adview™ 2. Once turned on, the device enables a user to select from its three modes—single measurement, average, and manual.
Next, the cuff should be properly placed on the patient’s upper arm. Printed markers indicate the proper fitting range; if they don’t fit within that range, obtain a different size of cuff. Support the arm and make sure patients are relaxed, and they should be still and quiet while the reading is taken. Like most machines, the ADView 2 has a start button to initiate the reading, and then the cuff will inflate. Deflation occurs when the part reaches full pressure.
Readings appear in roughly 30 seconds. The display will indicate when this process is complete. In manual mode, one can select cuff pressure levels and proceed with blood pressure measurement. Pressing the start button inflates the cuff, and a stethoscope is placed on the brachial artery. The cuff deflates (this occurs automatically), and, once the measurement is complete, the start/stop button is pressed to release any remaining pressure.
There are many other types of blood pressure equipment available. Another example is the ABPM 7100, a small blood pressure monitor designed to ease measurement taking and the stress on the patient. The accuracy, usability, and ability to use the blood pressure readings to tailor a patient’s therapy are critical in choosing any piece of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring device. Medical Device Depot has many types and brands at affordable prices, which you can securely purchase online, or call us at 877-646-3300 today.