Everyday convenienceBlood pressure is influenced by a host of different factors. Any meaningful reading must therefore take into account normal everyday activities and be as unobtrusive as possible. For this reason alone, mobile, miniaturized solutions that do not im-pede patient movement are ideal. The solution developed by the Swiss specialists is based on two key components: sophis-ticated MT-300 analysis software for setting and evaluating the measuring sequence and readings, and the BR-102plus measuring device itself, complete with sensor and data memory. The lightweight, user-friendly device can be easily configured via PC software. It is equally capable of storing patient data, statis-tically analyzing the readings, recording the results in the form of patient diaries and many other functions. The actual measuring device is suitable for measur-ing blood pressure over a 24 or 48 hour period and offers the choice between auscultatoric or oscillometric measuring methods. This allows even patients with heart rhythm disorders or atrial fibrilla-tion to be monitored. The device can be easily operated on site, with only two buttons for convenient navigation through the menu. Up to four measuring programs can be saved to the built-in memory, and there is a special algorithm for both adults and children. Data can be transmitted from the device via a USB interface. Despite its compact design, the 3 v battery can handle up to 100 readings when fully charged.
The great versatility of the device is only possible thanks to precise mechanical execution of the electronic commands. Miniature components and microdrive technology were the key to solving this challenge of long-term, non-intrusive monitoring. The ex-perts at Schiller developed a special pressure regulator for the BR-102plus. An 8-mm drive that mechanically translates the electrical commands ensures sensitive operation of the high-precision component.