March 3, 2021 – Midmark Corp. introduced the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) BP Protocol for its IQvitals Zone vital signs device.
This systolic blood pressure (BP) measurement protocol, based on the SPRINT trial conducted in 2015, is designed to obtain more accurate and consistent BP readings through proper patient positioning and minimizing interruptions that could impact a patient’s BP measurements.
The SPRINT BP Protocol features embedded positioning guidelines to help ensure proper patient preparation and easier adoption of patient positioning guidelines for more accurate and consistent BP measurements. The guidelines are displayed in a checklist format to help ensure accurate and repeatable BP capture every time.
Three BP measurements can be automatically captured, with an average BP reading provided when complete. The protocol allows healthcare providers to leave the exam room during the measurement process.
According to the company, this reduces the chance of white coat hypertension, an experience that impacts an estimated 20% of the hypertensive population when patients exhibit a higher BP reading than normal in a clinical setting.
Utilizing IQvitals Zone with the SPRINT BP Protocol, healthcare professionals can directly import the patient’s BP reading into their EMR, eliminating data transcription errors and saving time.
The company says that the IQvitals Zone is the only currently available diagnostic device that automatically and securely connects to caregiver tablets or laptops for vital signs acquisitions through the use of Bluetooth low energy technology. The device eliminates manual transcription errors by allowing data to be transferred directly to the EMR.
In addition to a more accurate BP, the device also captures blood oxygen level, pulse, and temperature, as well as weight when used with the Midmark 626 Barrier-Free examination chair.
Midmark is the first to include a SPRINT-based BP protocol with proper patient positioning guidelines in its vital signs device—the feature will be implemented in all new IQvitals Zone devices sold, as well as currently installed devices upon request.