Automated device that complies with current guidelines for office blood pressure measurement: design and pilot application study of the Microlife WatchBP Office device

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Abstract

Objective

Current guidelines for office blood pressure (BP) measurement recommend mercury devices, both arms measurement in the initial assessment and at least duplicate measurements at follow-up visits. This study presents the design and a pilot application study of an automated device that fulfils American, European, and International guidelines for office BP measurement.

Design and functions

The Microlife WatchBP Office is a professional electronic mercury-free device with three function modes designed for: (a) initial assessment: triplicate automated simultaneous oscillometric both arms measurement at 60-s intervals and when there is a consistent interarm difference more than 20 mmHg systolic and/or more than 10 mmHg diastolic, the arm with the higher BP is indicated. (b) Follow-up assessment: triplicate automated oscillometric single arm measurements at 60-s intervals and their average is displayed. (c) Auscultatory measurement: by an observer using a stethoscope and a digital countdown BP display for patients with arrhythmias and other individuals in whom the oscillometric measurement is not accurate.

Pilot application study

The ‘initial assessment’ mode was applied by three physicians in 63 patients (189 readings). Average interarm systolic BP difference was 0.04±5.1 mmHg and diastolic 0.4±3.2 mmHg. A value more than 10 mmHg interarm difference in nine systolic BP readings (5%) and three (2%) diastolic. No patient had a consistent interarm difference more than 10 mmHg in all three or two of the three readings.

Conclusion

The Microlife WatchBP Office professional device fulfils current international requirements for office BP measurement and seems to overcome several limitations of this method when applied in clinical practice.

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