The measurement of blood pressure is important in the diagnosis and monitoring of a wide range of clinical conditions. There are two main types of blood pressure (BP) monitors: aneroid and digital. Some models measure BP at the wrist or finger, but there’s evidence that they aren’t as accurate. Upper-arm blood pressure monitors usually give the most accurate and consistent results.
Manual or aneroid blood pressure monitors are called a sphygmomanometer, these devices usually include an arm cuff, a squeeze bulb to inflate the cuff, a stethoscope or microphone, and a gauge to measure the blood pressure. The environmental concerns regarding mercury limited the long-term future for these devices. These concerns have led to the imposition of bans in some European countries and supply in the UK is now restricted to healthcare use. The automatic blood pressure monitors, also called electronic or digital monitors, are battery-operated monitors that use a microphone to detect blood pulsing in the artery. The cuff, which is wrapped around your upper arm, automatically inflates and deflates by a start button. The type of blood pressure monitor typically found in supermarkets, pharmacies, and shopping malls is an automatic device. However, these automated devices too have limitations.
Automated devices are currently available in four generic types: Automatic-cycling non-invasive blood pressure (NIBP) monitors make repetitive measurements at set time intervals and often incorporate vital sign parameter alarms. They are designed for bed-side monitoring in a clinical environment and are an expensive option. However, provided accuracy can be assured, they may have a useful role throughout a healthcare facility. Spot-check NIBP monitors make single measurements and often incorporate additional vital signs monitoring. They are designed for routine clinical assessment and are now becoming popular for clinic and general ward use. Ambulatory NIBP monitoring devices are designed to record the patient’s blood pressure at pre-defined intervals over a 24-hour period during normal activities and store the data for future analysis. Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) has emerged in the past 25 years as an important yet underused tool for the management of hypertension. Automated (spot-check) NIBP monitoring devices make a single measurements only of blood pressure. Although these were originally designed for monitoring in the home and hence were low cost, they are now being increasingly purchased for clinical practice, particularly if they have been validated against clinical trial protocols.
The global blood pressure monitoring devices market report provides market size estimates (Revenue USD million – 2013 to 2020) for key market segments based on the type of device used (ambulatory, automated , blood pressure instrument accessories, transducers, and sphygmomanometers) and forecasts growth trends (CAGR% – 2016 to 2020). The geographical segmentation includes North America (U.S., Canada), Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Rest of LA), Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Rest of EU), Asia Pacific (Japan, China, India, Rest of APAC), and Rest of the World. It also provides the detailed market landscape and profiles of major competitors (A&D Medical, Inc., Contec Medical Systems Co., Ltd., Covidien Plc., GE Healthcare, Masimo Corporation, Nihon Kohden Corporation, Omron Healthcare, Inc., Philips Healthcare, Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co., Ltd., Spacelabs Healthcare, Suntech Medical, Inc., Welch Allyn) in the global market including company overview, financial snapshot, key products, technologies and/or services offered, and recent trends in strategic management.