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Panminerva Medica 1999 June;41(2):143-8
Clinical validation of an automatic device measuring blood pressure in the fingers
Arosio E., Zannoni M.
From the Department of Vascular Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Verona Clinical Centre of Rehabilitative Medicine Valeggio sul Mincio, Verona, Italy
Background. To assess the agreement between a new automatic device (FS-20D) using a cuff-oscillometric method to measure arterial blood pressure (BP) in the fingers and a standard mercury sphygmomanometer.
Methods. The blood pressure measurements were taken in a sequential order, in a sample of both normotensive subjects (n. 57) and slight to moderate hypertensive patients (n. 28) without vascular complications.
Results. The mean sphygmomanometer-monitor difference was 0.52±4.57 mmHg for systolic and 0.25±4.41 mmHg for diastolic values; the agreement limits were: SBP -8.6÷9.6 mmHg, 95% CI: -0.5÷1.5; DBP: -8.6÷9.1 mmHg, 95% CI: -0.7÷1.2. The grade of agreement between the monitor and the sphygmomanometer was “A” (British Hypertension Society) for both systolic and diastolic values (difference of readings <5 mmHg: 82%; <10 mmHg: 97% for systolic blood pressure, 98% of diastolic blood pressure).
Conclusions. The monitor was proved to be reliable with a good level of precision and accuracy. The FS-20D monitor may be used in self-monitoring of blood pressure of patients with slight to moderate hypertension.