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Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor

Taking a patient’s blood pressure is standard practice for most medical checkups. But the fact is, if a patient suffers from high blood pressure, or you suspect they might have high blood pressure, taking a periodic reading only provides a snapshot. Over the course of a day or a week, various factors can cause a patient’s heart rate and blood pressure to fluctuate.

Think of it this way: If you want to know what the climate of a city is, you need to do more than take random readings from a thermometer. You could end up thinking Minneapolis is a warm city! Instead, you need to take a number of temperature readings at regular intervals.

ABPM-7100STo accurately diagnose and monitor a patient, you need a larger, more regular sampling of their blood pressure. An Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor does exactly this. Over the course of 24 hours, the patient wears this noninvasive device while going about their day. Usually, a patient wears the blood pressure cuff under their sleeve and the monitor, which is about the size of an iPod, on their belt. During the course of the 24-hour period, the patient keeps a diary, recording information about their activities, stress levels, etc. Every 25 to 30 minutes, the Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor takes a regular reading.

By providing a more accurate representation of a patient’s overall blood pressure than can be measured in a traditional clinical situation, this process can give way to a better diagnosis and more effective treatment.

Which blood pressure monitor should you use?

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.


922-2TMercury 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.




DSxx-2TDue 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.


UA-767F-2Digital 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.​

How is blood pressure measured?

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.

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Johnson & Johnson’s medical devices

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.

Connex® Integrated Wall System

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

For more information or to make a purchase, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.

Improving Blood Pressure Checks

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:
  1. 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.
  2. Take several deep, relaxed breaths in and out before the doctor begins to check your blood pressure.
  3. 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.

ABPM: Best Way to Diagnose Hypertension

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 Updates CardioPerfect Workstation

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.

Estimated 2011 Medicare Payment Rates

The below worksheet by Cardiac Science details medicare payment rates. These rates cover a wide variety of medical equipment sold by Medical Device Depot, including:

For more information on these products or to make a purchase, call 877-646-3300 or visit Medical Device Depot.

Estimated 2011 Medicare Payment Rates