Are you using the correct blood pressure monitors in your medical facility?

Blood pressure monitors designed for home use are used in many medical facilities because they are cheaper than professional models. However, they are not suitable for use in medical environments.

The major difference between professional blood pressure monitors and ones for home use are durability to pressurization and chemicals (=professional models are easily cleaned by antiseptic solutions such as ethanol and IPA).

Comparison of professional and home use devices

 
Professional Device

Home use Device
Durability to Chemicals e.g. Ethanol and IPA Yes No
Durability to Pressurization -Cuff- Sufficient for Medical Environments Not Sufficient for Medical Environments
Durability to Pressurization -Pump- Sufficient for Medical Environments Not Sufficient for Medical Environments

Professional blood pressure monitors can be over three times more durable to pressurization than home use models (e.g. home use cuffs are durable for 3,000 measurements whereas professional cuffs are durable for 10,000 measurements).

The following picture shows a cuff from a home use blood pressure monitor after disinfection by ethanol. Color fades after only 7 days of immersion testing.

If this cuff is used for an entire year, we can easily imagine how it would look. The unsanitary condition would make many patients not want to wear it on their arm and may affect the image of the facility.

Do you still use home use blood pressure monitors in your medical facility?

If you are looking for the optimal solution to meet the required durability for professional use and combined with ease-of-use of a home use model, please check out the UM-201 blood pressure monitor.