Why does 360° Accuracy matter?
Last updated on: 20 September 2017
When measuring your blood pressure at home there are many things to consider to ensure that your measurements are accurate or correct.
In fact, it has been shown that 1 in 3 people measure their blood pressure incorrectly 1.
When using a standard cuff, it is recommended that the cuff is placed in a specific position on the arm.It is generally recommended that the cuff bladder center is placed directly above the brachial artery. Using these regular cuffs incorrectly can result in inaccurate blood pressure readings: either an overestimation or underestimation of what your true blood pressure is. This, in turn, may lead to some specific risks and consequences mentioned below.
Some risks and consequences of these inaccuracies 2 3
Using a cuff with 360˚ accuracy at any position around the upper arm, minimizes these risks and consequences.
It allows readings to remain consistently accurate no matter in what position the cuff is placed – 4. On top of this, the specially designed cuff can also be used in a wide range of arm circumferences (22-42cm).
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