Omron unveils blood pressure monitor modules for OEM applications
2 October 2009
Omron Electronic Components Business Europe (OCB-EU) has released two
new blood pressure monitoring modules that can be easily integrated into
new or existing medical device manufacturers' OEM systems.
The modules are the M3600 hospital grade device featuring full
redundancy and comprehensive automatic measurement features, and the
lower-cost M1200 for high accuracy home and telemedicine environments.
modules are specifically designed to maximise patient comfort and ease
of measurement, and are based on an advanced non-invasive measurement
technique capable of providing data accurately and quickly with the
minimum of patient discomfort.
Features include Omron’s proprietary Smart Inflation technology that
automatically determines the inflation pressure required for each
patient, and controls the inflation rate accordingly, eliminating the
need to inflate to a higher pre-determined level. They also offer
Dynamic Linear Deflation, which adjusts the deflation rate of the cuff
pressure according to the patient’s pulse rate to allow for faster
measurements. The measurement technique used in both instruments is the
oscillometric method, which is based on monitoring the oscillations
caused by the arterial pressure pulse.
The hospital-grade M3600 is suitable for automatically monitoring the
blood pressure of adult, child and neonatal patients. To meet the
obligatory safety requirements for a hospital grade NIBP module, the
M3600 incorporates a dual self-regulating system, including dual CPU
processors, blood pressure transducers and deflation valves. If abnormal
operation is detected, the module switches safely to stand-by mode until
the error condition is cleared. The module’s pulse rate accuracy is ±2
bpm (beats per minute) or 2%of reading over a range of 40 to 200 bpm
(240 in neonatal mode). The blood pressure measurements comply with
ANSI/AAMI SP:10:2002 and IEC 60601-2-30 standards. The unit measures
6.0cm H x 9.6 cm L x 4.0 W and weighs 0.2Kg.
Targetted at consumer medical electronics systems as well as the
emerging telemedicine sector, the lower cost Omron M1200 offers the same
performance as the M3600 but lacks the redundancy required for hospital
use. It is aimed at environments where precise, reliable blood pressure
measurements need to be taken, but where automatic operation is not
To support developers, Omron is offering a Developers Kit for the
M3600 and the M1200, complete with power supply, RS-232 cable,
documentation, terminal emulator and sample scripts.
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