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Reliable, essential bit of kit
on 16 March 2015
When it comes to purchasing, I generally look at what the professionals use. Ambulances are generally Mercedes based. As an engineer, I rated German and Japanese kit to be the best - Germans for mechanical - valves, anything where precision and reliability are important. For electronics and reliability, the Japanese are right up the top. Omron is a huge company renown for it's quality components like relays, Programmable Logic Controllers, optics etc. The best cars are German - Merc, BMW, Audi, VW, Porsche. Japanese cameras and precision optics rule the world - Pentax, Canon, Nikon, so when it came to a BP monitor, I chose Omron.
Domestic stuff will not have the features of clinical gear and will not have the regular servicing and calibration, but the measuring principals are the same. Even in the GP surgery, BP measurements are subjective and depend on the clinicians ability to judge the sounds through a stethoscope. Even if the domestic gear is maybe not 100% precise or 100% accurate, it gives a good indication of trends, which is important for BP. As a well medicalised cardiac patient (hypertension, valve murmur, heart block and pacemaker), the Omron is an essential bit of kit. There are criticisms of things like cuff inflation errors, but it is down to you to fit the cuff tightly in the first place. Battery replacement is a thing of the past with a 6-V DC power supply - you don't need the Omron version - a reasonably quality AC - DC power supply at 6-V DC and the correct sized plug works fine.
The software is a bit dated now and hasn't been upgraded for years, it does the job and is good value for the price. I do two measurements a day and it soon becomes apparent what a relaxed frame of mind does for BP as well as the ill effects of getting angry or having a poor night's sleep - surprisingly, I find a drink (alcoholic) in the evening works wonders for BP despite the badgering of GPs to watch the units - the relaxation far outweighs any side effects.
I would have given 5 stars, but the dated software lets it down - still thoroughly recommend.