To validate the UEBE Visomat Double Comfort, an upper arm blood pressure monitor designed for self-measurement of blood pressure and for clinical use in a general population according to the European Society of Hypertension International Protocol revision 2010.
The device is provided with two operational modalities, a microphonic mode and an oscillometric mode. In this study, the oscillometric modality was tested. Device evaluation was performed in 33 participants with a mean±standard deviation age of 56.3±20.0 years (range, 25–85 years). Their systolic blood pressure was 140.4±27.7 mmHg, diastolic blood pressure was 86.8±17.2 mmHg, and arm circumference was 29.3±3.9 cm.
The protocol requirements were followed precisely. The device passed all of the requirements fulfilling the standards of the protocol. Mean blood pressure differences between device and observer were −0.9±4.1 mmHg for systolic blood pressure and −0.1±3.3 mmHg for diastolic blood pressure.
As the Visomat Double Comfort in the oscillometric modality has achieved the required standards, it is recommended for clinical use in an adult population.
Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Padua, Padua, Italy
Correspondence to Professor Paolo Palatini, Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica e Sperimentale, Università di Padova, via Giustiniani, 2–35128 Padova, Italy Tel: +39 049 821 2278; fax: +39 049 875 4179; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received February 18, 2011
Accepted July 25, 2011