Cardiologist Unveils Technique to Help Reduce the Risk of the Misdiagnosis of Hypertension

Evidence suggests that blood pressure measurements during physical examinations in doctors' offices can be inaccurate due to multiple factors.Saint Francis Hospital cardiologist Dr. Robert Smith unveils the findings of his retrospective study and highlights the device behind his methodology.


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A patient's own movement—voluntary or accidental, can make blood pressure readings inaccurate. That’s why it’s important to equip your practice with solutions that can capture accurate blood pressure readings in the presence of movement. Many Hillrom vital signs solutions use the Welch Allyn SureBP® algorithm, which can do just that, helping to improve your patient data quality and increase your clinical efficiency.


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You may have heard about blood pressure averaging, but do you know how it can help improve hypertension screening? Capturing and averaging multiple blood pressure readings provides a more accurate view of your patient’s heart health, so you can detect hypertension with confidence.10

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Welch Allyn® Spot Vital Signs® 4400 Device

The Spot Vital Signs® 4400 Device helps you capture, access and document patient vital signs so you can focus on what matters most — your patients. 

  • Gives you a simple, all-in-one, touchscreen solution for measuring patient vital signs. Now you can quickly capture a full set of vitals — including temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate and SpO2— right from the home screen.
  • Our spot vital signs device's integrated SureBP® and SureTemp® Plus technologies give your care teams fast and accurate measurements.
  • With preferred blood pressure (BP) averaging built into the main workflow, you can take and average multiple BP readings for hypertension detection. 10

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Discover comprehensive monitoring—from basic vitals capture to early warning scoring and interval monitoring—in a simple, secure, connected solution. 

  • Help enhance productivity and patient outcomes by capturing a full set of vital signs in less than a minute. 
  • With an easy-to-use, vivid touchscreen display, the Connex Spot Monitor provides the accurate vital signs measurements you need—including blood pressure averaging, custom scoring and spot check or interval monitoring. 
  • With secure EMR connectivity, you can send vitals data directly from the bedside to a patient's chart—reducing manual data entry to help minimize errors so you can spend more time with your patients. 11

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Welch Allyn® Connex® Vital Signs Monitor

With more patients on your MedSurg floor that are sicker than they used to be, you need a vital signs monitoring solution that can continuously monitor your patients, even when you can’t. 

  • Capture standard vitals — like temperature, blood pressure, pulse rate, and SpO2 — in a single, automated solution. 
  • You can also scale up your monitoring capabilities with capnography, ECG monitoring and continuous SpO2 for patients who require additional attention.

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  1. Dr. Robert Smith, Analysis: David Quinn, Shawn St. Pierre and Pooja Sinha. Blood Pressure Averaging Methodology: Decreasing the Rate of Misdiagnosing Hypertension. 
  2. Handler et al, 2012. Impact of the Number of Blood Pressure Measurements on Blood Pressure Classification in US Adults. The Journal of Clinical Hypertension.
  3. Kallioinen et al.  Sources of inaccuracy in themeasurement of adult patients’ resting blood pressure in clinical settings :a systematic review
  4. Pickering TG, et al; American Heart Association; American Society of Hypertension; Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association. Call to action on use and reimbursement for home blood pressure monitoring: a joint scientific statement from the American Heart Association, American Society of Hypertension, and Preventative Cardiovascular Nurses Association. Hypertension. 2008 Jul:52(1):10-29.
  5. American Heart Association. 2017 Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults.
  6. National Institutes of Health. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. JNC 7 Express. The Seventh Report of the Joint National Committee on Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure.
  7. Whelton PK et al ACC/AHA/AAPA/ABC/ACPM/AGS/APhA/ASH/ASPC/NMA/PCA Guideline for the prevention, detection, evaluation, and management of high blood pressure in adults: a report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines.
  8.  Handler J. The importance of accurate blood pressure measurement. The Permanente Journal 2009; 13 (3): 51-54.
  9. Statistics and user feedback mentioned in this document comes from the following study: Shruti Marwaha, Chris Long, Thomas John, Kimberly Koloms. Usability, Preference and Comparative Workflow Evaluation of a Next-Generation Vital Signs Monitor: A Prospective Observational Study. 2019-2020
  10. Muntner, Paul et al. “Measurement of Blood Pressure in Humans: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association.” Hypertension 73, no. 5 (May 1, 2019). Doi:10.1161/hyp.0000000000000087.
  11. Meccariello M, Perkins D, Quigley LG, Rock A. Vital Time Savings. Eval Use an Autom Vital Signs Doc Syst a Medical/Surgical Unit JHIM.   2010;24(4):46-51

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