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How an Automated BP Device Can Help Your Practice July 09 2014

In the typical medical practice, it is very likely that you will see a Blood Pressure monitoring device in the exam room.  And can you ever remember an office visit where your blood pressure was not taken?  Highly unlikely since Blood Pressure is one of the most common vital signs measurements, as important as a patient’s weight.  Taking many blood pressure readings each day, both nurses and physicians have become masters of the craft.  But ask yourself a few questions about the last time your blood pressure was taken…were you asked to stay perfectly still?  Were you asked how long you have been off of your feet in a siting position?  Were you asked to roll up your shirtsleeve or was the cuff placed over your shirt?  Were you fitted first to make sure the cuff being used best fit your arm size? 

Despite best training and the most opportune circumstances, it can be plain old difficult to get an accurate readings.  That is why automated blood pressure devices, like the ADC E-Sphyg 2 Blood Pressure Device and the Welch Allyn Connex ProBP Blood Pressure Device have become more and more popular in recent years. Welch Allyn Connex ProBP Blood Pressure DeviceAutomated blood pressure devices at one time were found only in pharmacy waiting areas, but no more as there are many various sizes and styles.  An automated blood pressure unit can allow medical personnel and patients to have a more meaningful interaction during the taking of patient vitals. They provide accurate, repeatable testing, and take the difficulty out of taking BP measurements. Arguably most importantly, they allow the physician to spend more time talking to the patient, and less time taking readings.

Manual blood pressure devices do have their positives. They generally cost much less than an automatic unit. They allow for a greater degree of finesse and operator discretion in the administration of the test. They don’t require retraining of medical personnel. They often take up much less space in the examination room. Manual machines certainly have their place, but if you think that an automated machine’s benefits outweigh those of a manual unit, it is a great investment in your practice.