Blood pressure testing is a vital part of any medical practice, which is why it’s important to do your research before choosing a blood pressure monitor. There are three main types of blood pressure monitors, also referred to as sphygmomanometers, and each one has its own set of pros and cons. To ensure you have the blood pressure monitor that best meets the needs of your patients and medical staff, read our helpful sphygmomanometer guide below.
Mercury sphygmomanometers are considered the most accurate option available, and are often used in clinical trials or clinical evaluations of high-risk patients. However, because they register pressure using a mercury column, they are also considered not as safe as alternative devices.
Due to safety and environmental concerns, aneroid blood pressure monitors are often being used in place of mercury devices. When searching for an aneroid sphygmomanometer, be wary of cheap brands, as these are often inaccurate. The ADC brand is a name you can trust, and it carries a wide selection of blood pressure monitors to perfectly meet your practice’s needs.
Digital blood pressure monitors may use manual or automatic inflation to obtain measurements. These electronic devices are easy to use without training, but they tend to be less accurate than mercury or aneroid sphygmomanometers.
To start your search for blood pressure monitors, visit Medical Device Depot today. We carry all three types of blood pressure monitors in various sizes.
One of the most routine parts of any medical exam is blood pressure monitoring. Whether a patient is admitted to the hospital or is simply visiting for a routine physical, his or her blood pressure reading provides vital information. A patient’s blood pressure is measured using a noninvasive test. This test involves of a blood pressure cuff, or sphygmomanometer, which has a small pressure gauge that contracts when the cuff is inflated. As this happens, a doctor or nurse uses a stethoscope to listen to the blood moving through an artery, measuring two different levels of pressure — systolic and diastolic.
Systolic blood pressure number – This indicates the pressure in the arteries when the heart contracts and pushes blood through the arteries to the rest of the body. The systolic blood pressure is the top number in a blood pressure reading.
Diastolic blood pressure number – This indicates the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats. The diastolic blood pressure is the bottom number in a blood pressure reading.
Medical Device depot has numerous blood pressure monitoring systems to choose from. From cuff kits to wall mounts, the variety of styles and accessories will help you keep your practice running smoothly. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring systems, including recording, scanning analysis, interpretation and report, provide an average reimbursement of $80. Just think of the boost your practice could get with such a routine device. Every patient who walks into the exam room has his or blood pressure measured; if you’re not getting reimbursed, your practice is losing money.
It’s easy to go on autopilot and stick with what works, and it can be costly to try new things. That’s why many manufacturers stay with the tried and true and try to avoid taking a hit in revenue. However, it’s important to remember that oftentimes the tried and true was at one time risky, innovative and costly. For example, many of the products offered at Medical Device Depot such as ventilators and blood pressure monitors, are considered commonplace and relatively inexpensive technologies in the medical world today; but they didn’t start out that way.
Fortunately, big players like Johnson & Johnson’s are able to stick their neck out and shake things up, which ends up benefitting users and manufacturers in the long run. As the world’s largest medical device company in terms of revenue, Johnson & Johnson is able to combine advances in technology with their strong partnerships to come up with new medical devices that will amaze the industry.
In March, the company announced a collaboration with Google to create a robotic-assisted surgical platform. This will combine medical devices with robotic systems, imaging and data analytics to streamline the surgical method. The company also announced it would team up with IBM’s new Watson Health business and Apple to create virtual coaching solutions on preoperative and postoperative care for patients undergoing joint replacement and spine surgeries. The aim is to eventually offer general wellness and chronic condition management as well.
By working in collaboration with other companies and manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson is able to offer new medical devices that other manufacturers have steered clear of in the past. With every innovation, there is a trial period to test for efficacy and safety, but it appears they just may be on the right track.
With almost a century of clinical diagnostic experience, Welch Allyn proudly offers the Welch Allyn Connex Integrated Wall System—an advanced vitals management and physical assessment solution that combines all necessary exam tools in one convenient system—allowing clinicians to take and electronically capture accurate patient vital signs and perform basic diagnostic exams.
The integration of vital signs management and physical assessment tools in one system helps enhance clinical decision-making, improves patient safety and saves valuable time.
Configure your wall system based on your workflow needs
Eliminates frustrating and time-consuming searches for individual pieces of equipment throughout the facility
Allows clinicians to immediately view all necessary patient data, then send it directly to an EHR system
Prevents tools from being lost, stolen or misplaced
Enhances the visibility of information to your patients and improves communication and compliance
Saves valuable floor space and minimizes device wear and tear
Provides accurate data every time, speeding decision-making and improving patient safety
Did you know that your blood pressure can alter at the drop of a hat? KevinMD notes a few easy tips that will help you get an accurate blood pressure reading during your next visit to the Doctor’s Office:
Insist on being seated for at least 3 minutes before your pressure is taken. Even walking from the waiting room back into an examining room will briefly increase your blood pressure.
Take several deep, relaxed breaths in and out before the doctor begins to check your blood pressure.
Relax all your muscles, particularly focusing on the tightness in your neck and shoulders.
Having the right equipment is important as well. Check to make sure that your blood pressure monitor and accessories are up to date. For more information on blood pressure monitors, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.
Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitors are used for many things, though a recent report shows that these machines are the most the most cost-effective way to confirm a hypertension diagnosis before starting treatment. Because of this, organizations such as the American Heart Association are now recommending home monitoring for newly diagnosed or suspected hypertension with ambulatory monitoring reserved for equivocal cases to help establish the diagnosis.
CPT Code 93784: Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, utilizing a system suchas magnetic tape and/or computer disk, for 24 hours or longer; including recording, scanning analysis, interpretation and report hold a $64.59 national Average reimbursement.
For more information on ABPM’s or to make a purchase, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.
Welch Allyn recently released its CardioPerfect™ Workstation (CPWS) software version 1.6.4, the next generation of its electronic health record (EHR)-ready software that allows digital storage and more efficient review of diagnostic test data from a variety of different electronic devices. The upgrade expands and simplifies the ability to perform spirometry testing in medical practices working in thin-client environments. In addition, the updated spirometry module improves the clinician’s ability to comply with the latest guidelines of the American Thoracic Society by providing enhanced real-time quality feedback for both adult and pediatric patients.
For more information on this product, or to make a purchase, please call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.
According to this article from MedPageToday, Ambulatory BP monitoring is the best way to diagnose hypertension. Medical Device Depot sells many devices that can be used to perform this procedure. For more information on BP monitoring and other medical equipment call us at 877-646-3300.