AOBP – Why it is the gold standard in office measurement, How to get accurate office measurements
An AOBP monitor can prevent many of these errors in addition to eliminating the white coat effect. This refers to the phenomenon where blood pressure readings are elevated in a clinical setting due to the anxiety or stress experienced by the patient.
To get accurate office measurements using AOBP, the following steps are typically taken:
- The patient is seated in a quiet room with no distractions and is asked to remain still and quiet for at least 5 minutes prior to the measurement. The healthcare professional leaves the room, so the patient can be more relaxed.
- A cuff is placed on the patient’s arm, and a device automatically inflates and deflates the cuff to measure blood pressure.
- Multiple readings are taken over a period of time (usually 3-5 measurements are taken at intervals of 1-2 minutes), and the average of these readings is used as the patient’s blood pressure measurement.