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Waste of money
on 24 August 2016
Waste of money. I have to take my BP every morning and then collate the readings and email them to my GP. I got fed up writing them down and inputting them to my PC, adding them up and calculating a monthly average. So, when I saw the Omron with USB port I thought "Aha the answer to a maiden's prayer." Wrong. The biggest problem and the biggest waste of time is the cuff. Now why they had to reinvent the cuff when there is a standard cuff which has been around for about a 100 years and works perfectly, I don't know. But, they did and it's rubbish. I take 3 readings and the machine averages them out. Because of the cuff I get a high failure rate, probably in the region of 40%. The only benefit from this is that it puts my BP up because it's so irritating. I suffer from low pulse and lowish BP.
That's the mechanical side of things now for the software. Several things wrong with it, for a start it's a codge. You can imagine the scene back at base "XYZ, our main competitors have brought out a PC connection and one can upload the BP readings to a PC". So, they rush out this simple piece of software which does nothing for the patient. I take 3 readings every morning and the machine gives me an average reading. When it prints out the readings it merely sticks out the 3 readings with no average. So what is the point of that? Nil I should say. So I have to add up 3 x 31 readings and find an overall average. That is just pathetic, but wait there are graphs. Unfortunately they print out so small they are almost unreadable and no matter what I try I can't make them bigger. No senior cardiologist is going to struggle to make something of the graphs or the readings.
On the bright side my GP practice uses the same BP meter but they use the old-fashioned cuff, there has to be a moral there and certainly I am going to look for a old style cuff. I'm also going to brush up on my Excel and see if I can't produce a half decent little app which will solve the problems mentioned earlier. BUT I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO, SHOULD I?