"Improving BP cuffs"

About: The Great Western Hospital / Cardiology

(as the patient),

I had a 24 hr BP monitor fitted recently and within a few hours had problems with the cuff twisting and overinflating on my arm.

This was at a high reading of BP so had to go to 250mm Hg. On twisting it caused the metal hinge to press very heavily on my inner arm and made the vein painful for hours. After returning to the hospital two more cuffs were tried before a decent one got a good reading.

That night, the pain on measurement on the original arm was bad -so I switched to the other arm in the night- this would have affected the readings ,as my arms were different relative readings.

The staff in the hospital were helpful and cheerful but they needed more resources to service the patient throughout, it seems, without having to use wrongly sized or worn gear.

This won't cost the price of a manager !

*** One important aspect- my home BP monitor cuff has a similar velcro clamp mechanism - which works well but does have a firmer build. Why is the soft material type still in use when it causes pain and gives bad results when the material gets tired and slips along the metal hinge and then twists on inflating?

The cuff then balloons worryingly.

The stress and discomfort of these episodes are affected my readings badly , I reckon!

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