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OBJECTIVES: To compare the Omron HEM-713C automated blood pressure machine with the standard ausculatory method using a mercury manometer.
DESIGN: Blood pressures of randomly selected subjects were measured using both the Omron HEM-713C and the mercury manometer.
SETTING: Dombotombo surburb in Marondera, Zimbabwe.
SUBJECTS: One hundred and sixteen subjects 25 years and above (47 males and 69 females) randomly selected in Marondera.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: Systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure.
RESULTS: The Omron HEM-713C passed with a grade B for both systolic and diastolic blood pressures when using the British Society protocol. It also passed both systolic and diastolic criteria for Association of the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation.
CONCLUSION: The Omron HEM-713C compares well with the standard mercury manometer, we therefore recommend its use in both research and clinical applications which require blood pressure measurements.
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