Best type of blood pressure monitorTue, 09/03/2019 - 9:05PM
Hello, we are new to the VAD community. My husband received his VAD (Heartmate III pump) on August 5th. We live in a small town located 5 miles away from a much larger city, and 24 different home health care agencies refused to provide home health care services (blood draws for lab work) because we live outside of their boundary area or they were experiencing staffing shortages.
Our hospital signed us up for remote home care monitoring. A blood pressure reading (watching for trends) is one the categories being monitored. I know it's much harder to get a BP reading for a VAD patient because I witnessed it with the nurses while my hubby was still hospitalized.
We have an automatic cuff purchased in 2013 from a Walgreens Drug Store. I'm considering buying a new automatic cuff. I've seen models that obviously look more high tech, but if I'm going to spend the money, it would be wonderful to have some reassurance it will work with a VAD. If you have experience with BP cuffs that anyone can purchase (over the counter, or via the Internet) I would appreciate any advice! Thank you in advance!