Omron Blood Pressure Monitors
Omron Corporation is the creator of the Omron blood pressure monitor. This device can be used by medical professionals or for personal, in-home use. They are intended to aid people with their health by providing accurate readings of their blood pressure.What does the machine check?
Most models of monitors will provide you with three primary points of information: diastolic rate, systolic rate, and number of beats per minute (pulse). Each one has a normal range where users want to find themselves. Each part also represents a different function of your heart.
- Systolic - This is the top number on the display. Your heart's pressure during contraction to pump blood is where this number comes from. A healthy range is 134 or less; anything above is considered within hypertension range.
- Diastolic - This is the lower number on the display. The pressure that occurs between contractions or beats is where this number comes from. A healthy range is 84 or less; anything above is considered within hypertension range.
- Pulse - This is how many times your heart contracts and relaxes in a minute.
Every Omron monitor is designed to meet the standards of the Association of Medical Instrumentation. For Omron, this means that blood pressure readings are within +/- 3mmHg of accuracy. There is a minimal 2% margin of error. The overall heart rate reading is a +/-5% accuracy or margin for error.What styles are available?
There are four primary styles of Omron blood pressure monitors. Manual monitors are for those that feel educated enough to do readings off a dial. They are also done by a handheld pump which inflates the attached strap. There are semi-automatic units that will give you a digital reading but require manual hand pumping. Fully automatic monitors are inflated by pressing a button and they provide digital reading displays. Each one of these three has components that are placed on the forearm. Omron also makes wrist blood pressure monitors.How tight and where should you place the cuff?
There are a few rules to follow when you are about to take your blood pressure. First, remove any clothing with sleeves. Position your arm through the cuff. The lower portion should be approximately a half inch above your elbow. Position yourself in a sitting position so that your palm is facing upward. Make sure that the tubing isn't tangled and runs seamlessly from the cuff to the monitor. When the strap is tightened, you shouldn't be able to move it around, but it shouldn't be squeezing your arm. As a good rule of thumb, you want to be able to fit no more than one finger under it.
For wrist monitors, one side should touch where your hand attaches to your wrist. All other rules apply as far as tightening it and tubing positioning.