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Healthy option - M10-IT,
This review is from: Omron M10-IT Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor with Dual-User Facility and Dual-Size Cuff (Personal Care)
The Omron M10-IT is a small upper-arm blood pressure monitor that works using the oscillometric system. This system uses an inflatable cuff that fits around the upper arm and which is pumped up using air until blood flow (as measured using a pressure sensor within the body of the monitor) is cut off. Pressure in the cuff is reduced until blood flow is sensed, then further reduced in stages until the measurements are complete. This enables pulse rate, systolic and diastolic pressures to be determined. These values are then displayed on the LCD. The instrument can be set to make a single measurement or a set of 3; if a set of 3 is set, the time interval between measurements can be set.
A very useful feature of this instrument is that it can be used to measure and store details for two individuals: a slide switch is used to select user A or user B. A guest facility is also available which enables measurements to be made without being stored. The stored values can be uploaded to a PC for logging and recording purposes. Software is provided for uploading, displaying and analysing data.
The manual that accompanies the monitor is very good as it describes the features of the monitor but also specifies the best way to take blood-pressure readings - left arm preferred, cuff positioned on the upper arm about 2cm up from the elbow and on a level with the heart, pressure hose in line with the middle finger, etc.
The instrument is supplied in a zip-up black soft case, with unit, cuff, software, upload lead, batteries and manual, for an amazingly low price.
Any disadvantages? Well, the cuff can be a little uncomfortable as it squeezes the arm to cut off the blood supply for a short time at the beginning of the measurement sequence. This is the way the instrument operates but it is safe and it takes very little time to get used to.