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Barbara Staib, President of Safe Home Products, is an expert on child safety, emergency preparedness, pet training and even pest control. She has personally helped thousands of customers since SHP started in 1999. Here you can find Q&A with Barbara to foster safer, healthier and simpler living.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Ordering the Correct Size of Blood Pressure Cuff

Q: "What do I need to do to be sure that I order the correct cuff size for a digital BP unit? How do I know what the unit comes with and what would also be available for me to order? I don't mind purchasing another cuff for the unit, I just want to get the correct size, i.e. I would need a small adult cuff for my mom and a regular adult cuff for my dad -- or would a pediatric cuff work as a small cuff? I hope you can help with my questions. Thank you Philomena"

Answer: Choosing a blood pressure monitor can be a daunting task. In fact I wrote a guide for choosing a blood pressure monitor due to all the customer questions we were being asked.

Currently, we sell blood pressure monitors from Lumiscope, Omron, Hyundai, Mabis, LifeSource, Panasonic, Hyundai, MDF, Forecare and Oregon Scientific. Some manufacturers offer adjustable cuffs that a range of arm sizes from say 7.5 to 12.2 inches or from 9 inches to 17 inches. Others sell cuffs sized small (7 to 9 inches), medium or standard(9 to 13 inches), large (13 to 17 inches) or extra large (17 to 20 inches for professional Omron 907 units).

My suggestion: read the guide and use a dressmaker's measuring tape to measure the arms of your mom and your dad. Each brand and model of blood pressure monitor gives the arm or wrist circumferences that unit's cuff will fit.

Please contact us if you have more questions. Sincerely, Barbara

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