Hypertension misdiagnosis calls for comprehensive BPM solutions

Supplier: Welch Allyn - Hillrom
23 June, 2015

Welch Allyn devices may help compensate for variance in measurements to enhance accuracy

Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that delivers pragmatic innovation at the point of care, has introduced a new ambulatory blood pressure management solution designed to help combat the misdiagnosis of hypertension in the physician's office.

The Welch Allyn ABPM 7100 is a next-generation, 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) device that uses BHS A/A validated-oscillometric technology to enhance blood pressure management and effectively diagnose hypertension. When used together with the office-based blood pressure averaging feature on the Welch Allyn Connex® Spot Vital Signs Monitor (CSM), clinicians can capture and analyse multiple automated blood pressure readings for their patients during one visit or over several days for more complete and accurate measurements. Both solutions will be on display at booths 1006 and 1008 at the American Society of Hypertension show in New York May 15-19.

"Misdiagnosis of hypertension can occur for multiple reasons," said Doug Linquest, vice president, Vital Signs and Cardiopulmonary at Welch Allyn. "Measurements can vary based on technique of the examiner, situational anxiety and attributes of the patient’s health, as well as activities the patient has participated in during the day of the exam."

"Capturing multiple automated readings over 24 hours with an ABPM, or even an average of multiple readings captured in the physician's office with the CVSM during the same visit, can help mitigate these anomalies and give physicians a more complete picture of the patient's blood pressure condition."

Prescribed by a physician, and worn home by a patient for 24 hours, the lightweight, compact and quiet Welch Allyn ABPM 7100 is designed to improve patient comfort and compliance. Clinicians can access patient data using the Windows® -based CardioPerfect® WorkStation software and receive comprehensive - more - P. 2—May 11, 2015 Hypertension Misdiagnosis Drives Need for Comprehensive Blood Pressure Management Solutions in the Physician’s Office blood pressure analysis of readings taken during the wear-period.

The application creates reports from the data that provide critical information that allows clinicians to tailor drug therapy regimes to individual patient needs. This information can then be easily transferred to many leading EMRs through a simple electronic interface. Next to standard ABPM tests, the ABPM 7100 also offers an option to measure noninvasive central blood pressure, which studies show can deliver a greater indication of potential heart attacks or stroke1.

Citing evidence that supports ABPM as the reference standard for confirming elevated office BP screening results to avoid misdiagnosis of hypertension, a recent draft recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force called for utilisation of ambulatory blood pressure measurement to confirm hypertension before diagnosis. The draft recommendation is currently under review2.

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