PAVD screening: the ABI measurement
First, place two cuffs on each patient’s upper arms and ankles according to the description above. Once the patient has assumed a comfortable lying position, check that the angle of inclination of the couch is at most 10%.
Assign a patient ID on the unit via the keypad, define the body height, and set the pre-rest time. Then select the “Mode” selection menu on the device by clicking the button and using the arrow keys to select “Peripheral measurement” as the measurement mode. Then start the measurement cycle by clicking on “OK.”
First, VASCASSIST automatically measures the blood pressures on the upper arm and ankle of the right side, then those on the left side of the body. All blood pressure values, pulse rates, and the calculated ABI values of the left and right halves of the body are immediately available to you on the device’s display after the measurement has ended.
Afterward, you can also have the pulse wave velocities of the left and right halves of the body determined by pressing a button while the cuffs remain. This measurement also takes only a few minutes and ends with the display of the measured values.