Is your new Omron BP785 blood pressure measuring device giving you wrong readings? This makes it a bad replacement to the old blood pressure measurement devices.
Dr. Daniel W. Jones, a hypertension expert and blood pressure spokesperson for AHA, mentions that if a physician is not sure of the readings that the device is providing, he can never give accurate or proper treatment to the patients. This might sometimes even go unsafe and harm the patient in case of any improper treatment done on the base of wrong readings. The AHA and National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health raised the issue of public health alert regarding the faulty devices.
Most of the clinics and hospitals have replaced the older mercury-gauge arm cuff units with electronic equipments. The older equipments were standard and accurate. The new devices such as Omron BP785 lack in accuracy. One of the reasons why mercury gauge devices are not in use is because mercury is a toxic element. These equipments need to be well disposed off to prevent pollution. Many of the hospitals have returned these equipments to the manufacturers to decrease pollution as well as to comply with the 1998 federal waste reduction standard. New devices can give you good readings when it is new but physical damage or prolonged use will keep on decreasing its accuracy.
Moreover, the rate of inaccuracy in devices such as Omron BP785 is high and can be up to 50 points in both the systolic and diastolic readings. It would result in false diagnosis, improper treatment of the patients and can even lead to serious health issues. A faulty measurement tool can almost ruin the reason for its use and this makes the accuracy of the instrument of great importance. There are certain ways, how physicians can minimize the inaccuracy of these tools and effectively provide treatment to the patients.How to Ensure Accurate Blood Pressure Readings
Though mercury is a toxic element, hospitals and clinics need to have at least one mercury gauged cuff for blood pressure measurement
Check the accuracy of the readings taken from the new electronic devices with a mercury gauge unit. In case the readings do not match, get the device calibrated by the manufacturer to get its accuracy.
Many patients use the home dial and electronic units to check their blood pressure, as they are easier to use. Pre-check these devices with a mercury gauged cuff instrument, to ensure its perfectness with the readings.
Make sure that the physician diagnosing you at a clinic uses a mercury gauged cuff instrument while checking your blood pressure. Discuss it with the physician if you feel the instrument might be showing a reading different from what you measured at your home.