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JRM Vol.29 No.2 pp. 317-326
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2017.p0317
(2017)

Paper:

Development and Evaluation of a Low Cost Cuffless Systolic Blood Pressure Device

Jörg Güttler, Muhammad Karim, Christos Georgoulas, and Thomas Bock

Chair of Building Realization and Robotics, Technische Universität München
Arcisstraße 21, 80333 München, Germany

Received:
September 19, 2016
Accepted:
January 17, 2017
Published:
April 20, 2017
Keywords:
capacitive electrodes, pulse transit time, systolic blood pressure, smart furniture, active assisted living
Abstract

Development and Evaluation of a Low Cost Cuffless Systolic Blood Pressure Device

A cuffless blood pressure device implemented in a chair

In this paper, the authors describe the cuffless blood pressure meter prototype, which is targeting at potential long-term automated blood pressure screening. By the proposed cuffless approach, mental stress is reduced, which increases the reliability of measurement. By using a wireless communication medium to transmit data, care staff can store and access readings more easily. The proposed system was developed using low-cost off-the-shelf parts such as Arduino/Wattuino Uno boards and single-board computers. This enables thereby an unobtrusive implementation of such a compact system into furniture, for example. Its intuitive measurement enables care staff to devote more attention to the patient and less to the blood pressure measurement. The proposed system is described in its hard- and software functionality. Furthermore, experimental results confirm the proposed system’s reliability.

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