Midmark Introduces Better Way to Capture Blood Pressure Measurement

Dayton, OH

DAYTON, Ohio, March 1, 2018 — Midmark Corp., a leading medical solutions provider for ambulatory care, today announced a new method to help clinicians obtain better vital signs measurements for patients, setting the foundation for better point of care diagnosis, patient risk stratification and medication dosing.


A new generation of Barrier-Free Examination Chairs allows clinicians to help standardize proper patient positioning for more accurate blood pressure (BP) measurement, based on guidelines from the American Heart Association and American Medical Association. This is accomplished through:

  • Low chair height that allows the majority of patients, even female patients with heights in the third percentile, to place their feet flat on the floor.
  • Powered movement of the chair back section to ensure patient back support.
  • Patient Support Rails Plus that support the arm at heart height.
  • Automated BP measurement through connection with a diagnostic device, with data sent directly to the electronic medical records (EMR) system to help reduce transcription errors.


“As health systems work with providers to standardize care processes, blood pressure inaccuracy is one of the biggest areas of concern,” said Dr. Tom Schwieterman, chief medical officer and vice president of clinical affairs, Midmark Corp.

"In sixteen percent of patients, a small difference of just 5 mmHg in a reading can lead to improper management of blood pressure. Some patients may be prescribed medications they do not need, and others, hearing they have normal blood pressure, are not getting proper treatment. Accuracy of blood pressure readings at the point of care is essential to ensure that every time a diagnosis of hypertension is made, it is absolutely correct. With the average blood pressure patient costing an average of $135,000 per year, such accuracy can improve both outcomes and reduce the overall cost of care."


In addition to traditional Midmark accessories and feature options, the new line of exam chairs also offer:

  • An industry low seat height of 15.5 inches (uncompressed upholstery). The federal agency providing leadership and guidance for accessible design, the U.S. Access Board, recommends an exam chair with a low, uncompressed seat height of 17 to 19 inches. Low seat height and flat, wide transfer surface enable patients of varying ability levels to transfer onto and off of a Barrier-Free exam chair with minimal assistance.
  • A new Clean Assist Roller System offers a retractable roller base, allowing healthcare staff to easily and safely move the chair for cleaning.
  • Connection with the Midmark IQvitals Zone diagnostic device to weigh patients quickly and discreetly from the comfort of the exam chair, then send data to the EMR with the push of a button helps to reduce the chance of errors caused by manual data transcription. 


“We see the challenges our customers are facing as they standardize all types of care processes, especially the techniques involved in BP measurement that are foundational to a patient’s well-being,” said Kurt Forsthoefel, director of medical marketing, Midmark. “This new platform helps clinicians and entire health systems to have confidence in not only the quality of a patient’s BP reading, but also the transcription accuracy of the data, the accessibility and ergonomics of the patient experience, and the ability to maximize infection prevention through improved mobility for cleaning.”


For infographics, videos and other resources with information about achieving a better BP reading, visit midmark.com/BetterBP.


About Midmark Medical

Midmark is focused on helping physicians and care teams deliver the best patient care with better equipment, smarter workflows and integrated technology. For more than 50 years, we have used our knowledge of the ambulatory care space to help our customers improve clinical outcomes and eliminate the barriers preventing seamless, well-coordinated patient care. Learn more at midmark.com/medical-content-news-library.


About Midmark

Midmark Corporation, a privately held company founded in 1915, is a leading provider of medical, dental and veterinary equipment and technologies. Our more than 1,700 teammates worldwide are passionate and courageous leaders focused on making a positive difference in the lives we touch by improving the experience between patients and their caregivers. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, Midmark maintains production and administrative offices in Versailles, Ohio. Midmark has six other locations in the United States as well as a number of subsidiaries in the United States, including Versus Technology, Inc. Midmark also maintains international subsidiaries in India, Italy and the United Kingdom. To learn more about Midmark, visit midmark.com.

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