Ankle-Brachial Index is the ratio of ankle systolic blood pressure relative to brachial systolic blood pressure. ABI correlates well with the degree of stenosis in lower extremity arteries, and is widely used to assess peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
“A low ABI (0.9 or less) predicted vastly increased risks of 10-year cardiovascular mortality in both men and women.”
VP-1000 – Fully Automatic ABI
The VP1000 uses 4 blood pressure cuffs (one on each limb) and highly sensitive electronic pressure transducers to very accurately measure arterial blood pressure and waveform automatically.
The assessment process requires minimal technical skill and time, and is able to be performed by a suitably trained nurse or other healthcare professional.
• Simultaneous BP measurement in all 4 limbs (eliminating fluctuations normally found between individual measurements) • Linear cuff deflation with 1mmHg increments • ECG detects arrhythmias which affect BP & can reduce accuracy • ‘the automated approach is free of observer bias’.
VP-1000 Measurement Process
Lay patient down in a supine position
Apply the 4 blood pressure cuffs (1 to each arm, 1 to each ankle)
Apply the 2 ECG sensors to the inner aspect of wrists, using appropriate gel sensor pads
Place the PCG (Phonocardiogram) over the heart (left of the sternum, 2nd intercostal space)
Navigate the set-up screens inputting patient specific data as required
Once the patient is relaxed and the ECG/PCG sensors are indicating ‘OK’ on the screen, press ‘START’
The VP1000 will automatically complete test and produce printed reports
The Omron Corporation was founded in 1933 in Japan, and is a global leader in the design and manufacture of sensor and ultrasonic systems and technology. Omron Healthcare, a subsidiary of Omron Corporation, has become a leading marketer and distributor of medical, home healthcare, and wellness products. Omron Healthcare Business has a research and development staff of over 90 dedicated engineers and support staff located at the corporate headquarters in Kyoto.
Omron Healthcare was the first to introduce manual and digital blood pressure units to the home healthcare market. It identified digital thermometers as more accurate, safer, and more reliable than mercury units, and developed the U.S. market for these devices. Omron Healthcare also developed a body fat monitor using sensor technology, and respiratory inhalation devices using proprietary vibrating mesh technology.
The Omron range of professional products has been specifically designed to assess and monitor cardiovascular conditions in the most simple, convenient and effective way. The non-invasive assessment range includes vascular profiling devices (ABI - Ankle-Brachial Index, PWV - Pulse Wave Velocity, AI - Augmentation Index), ECG & professional Blood Pressure monitor that address unmet clinical needs.
In 2005, Omron acquired the Colin Medical Technology Corporation, which was widely recognized for its engineering, manufacturing and marketing of non-invasive blood pressure monitoring instruments for over 30 years. Together the companies bring innovation to non-invasive assessment of patients, with the collective goal of better patient outcomes.