How to Use the Oscar 2 Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitor from SunTech Medical
The Oscar 2™ system from SunTech Medical sets the standard in ABPM by meeting the highest clinical standards, optimizing patient comfort through innovation, and giving clinicians practical interpretive analysis and reporting tools.
- This video demonstrates the proper patient setup for a 24-hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring study with the SunTech Oscar 2.
- Before you begin, be sure the patient understands the Oscar 2 is a medical device, not a home BP monitor.
- It should be worn for the duration of the study both while awake and asleep.
- To begin, place the Oscar 2 into the provided pouch as shown. Be sure to zip the pouch close with the air hose exiting from the top.
- A belt loop on the rear of the pouch allows the patient to wear the device without interfering with normal activity.
- Be sure the Oscar 2 monitor is securely fixed to the patient before proceeding.
- Next, check the patient’s upper arm circumference to determine the appropriate size cuff to be used for the study.
- The “INDEX” marker should fit into the range indicator. If it does not, choose the appropriate larger or smaller size cuff.
- Once the appropriate size cuff is selected, slide the patient’s arm through stretched sleeve.
- This patented feature is designed to keep the cuff properly placed over the brachial artery through the duration of the study.
- Place the artery marker or arrow directly over the brachial artery and wrap the cuff snugly around the arm.
- Next, connect the air hose from the Oscar 2 to the cuff.
- A proper connection is made by twisting the connector in place and hearing a ‘click’ securing the hoses together.
- If there is slack in the hose, adjust it so that the patient is comfortable.
- Make sure the hose is not kinked or folded to avoid blocking inflation of the cuff.
- Before testing, be sure to take at least one reading to verify proper setup.
- Turn the monitor on by pressing the Stop/Start key, Wait for the display, and then press the Stop/Start key to take the first reading.
- This will begin the study. Inform the patient that during a reading, they should stop what they are doing.
- If safe to do so, let their arm hang motionless away from their body and avoid talking.
- During the inflation, check the hose and connections to be sure there are no blockages or leaks.
- When the reading is completed, the result appears on the display of the Oscar 2.
- Even if you program the monitor to disable the display, the result will still appear for the first 20 minutes, so you can verify proper functioning.
- Once the hookup is complete, the patient may put loose, non-constrictive clothing over the cuff and hose.
- If the patient would rather wear the Oscar 2 on the shoulder strap instead of the belt, there are two clips on the rear of pouch, and an adjustable shoulder strap included with your Oscar 2 system.