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30-Jun-14 10:30 AM  CST  

Important Things To Remember About Using Blood Pressure Monitoring Kiosks 

Blood pressure monitoring kiosks are generally located at many of the big box store pharmacies, small local pharmacies, groceries, gyms, and airports as well. They can be great for convenience and may help you avoid a trip to the doctor’s office just to get your pressure checked. These kiosks are helpful, but do not always give accurate readings due to the machines not being calibrated correctly and the cuff size may not be the right fit for your arm. These problems can cause incorrect readings and may also alarm the patient or customer because they may see that their reading is too high or too low.  Just one reading is not enough to establish high or low blood pressure patterns.

         FDA experts suggest that patients should not react to one single blood pressure reading at a kiosk. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can advise patients and customers of how to use the kiosk correctly so they will be less likely to get an inaccurate reading. Knowing the circumference of your arm will also help you or your doctor choose the right cuff to monitor your pressure. Blood pressure readings can also be taken at home with a store bought or doctor provided blood pressure cuff.  These cuffs are fairly inexpensive and can be purchased at many local pharmacies.

         Luke Herbertson, PhD, and Biomedical Engineer for the FDA had this to say about blood pressure monitoring kiosks. “Blood pressure kiosks are easily accessible and easy to use. But it’s misleading to think that the devices are appropriate for everybody. They are not one-size-fits-all,” said Herbertson. Herbertson also suggests that patients get their doctors opinion on whether blood pressure kiosks are right for them.

 

 

 

 

Sources:

1. FDA Consumer Health Information Report. “Blood Pressure Monitoring Kiosks Aren’t For Everyone.” FDA.gov. Web. Date of Access:  29 June 2014.

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