Use tonometers for the elderly at rest. Do not eat 60 minutes before the pressure measurement and do not smoke, do not drink alcohol, tea, or coffee – for two hours.
How to use mechanical tonometers for the elderly?
Put the cuff on the forearm of your left hand. Inject air until the reading exceeds the average upper pressure. Take and attach the stethoscope to the elbow and begin to deflate the air from the “sleeve”. When the air pressure is equal to the upper, you will hear a pulsation. When it disappears, you can fix the readings of the lower pressure. The correctness of the readings is determined by how quickly the air pressure in the cuff falls. Pull it down slowly. Automatic blood pressure monitor for the elderly should be worn as follows: place the device on your wrist, and fasten the cuff on top of your hand.
In recent years, a small automatic device has appeared on the market, which is worn on the wrist and measures the pressure on the radial artery. Keep your wrist and the device at heart level, because by lowering your hand by 10 cm, you can get incorrect measurement results. In addition, you can use the device in the prone position. Of course, such an automatic blood pressure monitor is not suitable for senior citizens suffering from heart diseases, since its indications are not always accurate. Nevertheless, it is convenient to use it in any conditions, to take with you on a trip.
We suggest that you familiarize yourself with the main criteria for choosing the right device: The frequency of operation: If you plan to use the tonometer frequently for an elderly person, it is better to give preference to an automatic model. Age: If you select a model for a young girl or boy, you can purchase the device on your wrist. If you need to buy a blood pressure monitor for the elderly, it is better to pay attention to the model with the “armband” on the shoulder.
The presence of heart disease or blood vessels: Preference should be given to models that have the function of diagnosing an arrhythmia. Price range: Of course, the mechanical tonometer is cheaper than the semi-automatic. Automatic tonometers for older people are the most expensive, but they have several additional features. Medigap Coverage for Senior Citizens: These are essentially supplemental plans or Medicare supplement plans which can cover costs for instance copays which aren’t included in Regular Medicare.