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Ensuring Home Blood Pressure Monitors are Accurate for In-home Patient Use

Executive SummarySpecial Healthcare Provider Report

Accuracy in blood pressure monitors for mass market consumption has never been more critical: as mass shortages of healthcare practitioners collide with an ever-growing population of patients, chronic diseases rates rise and consumers demand to utilize technology to manage healthcare on their own, the home blood pressure monitor has become a critical tool of long-term health management.

But as healthcare providers look to recommend blood pressure devices for home use, two main factors remain omnipresent in ensuring long-term accuracy of results: 1) the use of legitimately clinically validated products, and 2) educating patients on the correct way to take blood pressure readings.

Modern Protocols

Independent device accuracy assessment within a clinical setting is recommended before introduction and routine clinical use. Various protocols have been published to assess automated devices against a mercury sphygmomanometer during clinical use and these are referred to as clinical validation protocols.

An Independent Validation of Accuracy

The market today for blood pressure monitors places a strong emphasis on independently validating the device accuracy and generating a study that is peer-reviewed for neutrality of conclusions. The protocols process for validating accuracy hinges on a three-way correlation between the following, to prove the device under testing is operating as accurately as a highly-trained healthcare professional:

  1. The device under testing; and
  2. Two trained healthcare specialists conducting readings, who are blind to one another.

Publication in a Peer-reviewed Journal

Following the independent validation, the full report of the validation study describing the process and results should be published in a peer-reviewed journal. This adds credibility to the validation study because the Journal would not include the report in its publication without the medical peers of the author(s) having found the techniques and quality of the outcome to be sound.

An Independent Validation of Accuracy

The market today for blood pressure monitors places a strong emphasis on independently validating the device accuracy and generating a study that is peer-reviewed for neutrality of conclusions. The protocols process for validating accuracy hinges on a three-way correlation between the following, to prove the device under testing is operating as accurately as a highly-trained healthcare professional:

  1. The device under testing; and
  2. Two trained healthcare specialists conducting readings, who are blind to one another.

Publication in a Peer-reviewed Journal

Following the independent validation, the full report of the validation study describing the process and results should be published in a peer-reviewed journal. This adds credibility to the validation study because the Journal would not include the report in its publication without the medical peers of the author(s) having found the techniques and quality of the outcome to be sound.

Hypertension CanadaHypertension Canada

Hypertension Canada recently re-launched its recommendation program to allow consumers and healthcare professionals a resource to easily identify blood pressure monitors that are validated in studies as accurate. Various standards exist globally to gauge the accuracy of blood pressure measurement devices. Those with a Gold rating meet the highest and most current international standards, and those with the Silver ratings meet the highest international standards available prior to their most recent updates. Both Gold and Silver levels are accepted as accurate.

Over 40 Years of Experience

LifeSource by A&D Medical has been perfecting blood pressure monitoring for over 40 years. Our blood pressure monitors used in clinics, hospitals and the home are clinically validated according to the standards above to assure that healthcare practitioners and patients can trust their results to better manage blood pressure. We design and manufacture all of our monitors to bring the highest quality and accuracy to all care settings.

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