NASA Spinoff Database: Automated Blood Pressure Measurement

NASA Center: Johnson Space Center
Public Release Year: 1978
Reference Number: JSC-SO-13
Category: Health And Medicine
Origin: Monitoring of Astronaut's Blood Pressure

Vital-2 unit is semi-automatic device that permits highly accurate blood pressure measurement, even by untrained personnel. Vital-2 weighs only 6 lbs and can be carried anywhere. It operates either on its own rechargeable battery or by plugging it into a standard outlet. System requires positioning and inflation of arm cuff but after that it operates automatically. Interpretation is handled by its electronic equipment and blood pressure readings appear automatically on a digital display. Because it is accurate, reliable, and non-invasive, it has proved attractive to the medical profession. Several hundred units have been sold to hospitals, medical screening clinics, physicians and anesthesiologists. *Manufacturer information is no longer valid. No further information is available.

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