Cuffless Blood Pressure Monitors: Principles, Standards and Approval for Medical Use

Toshiyo TAMURA

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E104-B    No.6    pp.580-586
Publication Date: 2021/06/01
Publicized: 2020/12/24
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2020HMI0002
Type of Manuscript: Special Section INVITED PAPER (Special Section on Information and Communication Technology for Medical, Healthcare and Welfare Applications in Conjunction with Main Topics of ISMICT 2020)
Category: Sensing
cuffless blood pressure monitor,  non-invasive blood pressure monitor,  regulation,  standard,  medical approval,  

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Cuffless blood pressure (BP) monitors are noninvasive devices that measure systolic and diastolic BP without an inflatable cuff. They are easy to use, safe, and relatively accurate for resting-state BP measurement. Although commercially available from online retailers, BP monitors must be approved or certificated by medical regulatory bodies for clinical use. Cuffless BP monitoring devices also need to be approved; however, only the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) certify these devices. In this paper, the principles of cuffless BP monitors are described, and the current situation regarding BP monitor standards and approval for medical use is discussed.