Hampton - Why we need to monitor your blood pressure at home

Hampton - Why we need to monitor your blood pressure at home


Hampton - Why we need to monitor your blood pressure at home



Why we need to monitor your blood pressure at home


Self Isolation or to reduce appointments you need to attend
Due to the current outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus), it is more important than ever that you only need to come into the hospital when you need to. In order to monitor you remotely from home, you will be asked to enter your blood pressure results from home, which can be seen by a clinician at the hospital. This will help reduce the number of appointments you are required to visit at the hospital.
For up to date information on COVID-19, please go to the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ , The Royal College of Obstetricians website https://www.rcog.org.uk/coronavirus or ask advice from you midwife.

Hypertension
About 10% of women will have high blood pressure in pregnancy.
This can be:
  1. Chronic Hypertension: high blood pressure that started before pregnancy or was detected early in the pregnancy. Some women will develop pre-eclampsia (below) on top of chronic hypertension.
  2. Gestational Hypertension: high blood pressure that develops later in pregnancy, usually in the third trimester. In some cases, it can progress to pre-eclampsia (below).
  3. Pre-eclampsia: a condition of pregnancy where high blood pressure is associated with the presence of protein in your urine. This condition can affect your liver and kidneys and in severe circumstances can lead to seizures or stroke as well as problems for your baby.
Due to the risks associated with pre-eclampsia, it is important to monitor blood pressure closely. This may be to see if you need to start medication, check the medication you are on is working or decide if you need any extra tests. To reduce the number of hospital visits for blood pressure checks, we offer the option of home blood pressure monitoring using an app.

How do I measure my blood pressure at home?

You will be provided with an automatic blood pressure machine to use at home. A midwife or doctor will teach you how to use it and you can watch a video demonstration on the app by selecting ‘FAQs’ on the app homepage. You will be advised how frequently to measure your blood pressure.

Remember:

  • Measure your blood pressure at roughly the same time each day and use the same arm each time.
  • Make sure you are comfortable and have been sat quietly for about 5 mins before starting.
  • Wait at least 30 mins after exercise, smoking, caffeine or a large meal before measuring your blood pressure.
  • Your arm should be bare and your sleeve should not be tight when your roll it up.
  • Sit on a chair with the monitor on a table at chest height beside you.
  • Place the cuff around your arm with the tube facing downwards and the ‘Artery’ arrow on the inside front of your arm, about 3 finger-breadths above your elbow fold. 
  • The Velcro should be secure but not too tight.
  • Press the ‘POWER’ button once and it will automatically start recording.
  • Your blood pressure will be displayed as follows:


















The video below explains how to use your blood pressure monitor safely to ensure you get accurate readings




Copyright © 2019. K2 Medical Systems Ltd. No part of this documentation may be stored in a retrieval system, transmitted or reproduced in any way, except in accordance with the terms of the applicable software license agreement. This documentation contains proprietary information of K2 Medical Systems Ltd. Patient data used within screenshots have been fabricated for the purpose of this manual.


Technical Support

If the User perceives a problem with the system, then this should be reported to a system administrator or senior staff member, in the first instance. If an issue cannot be resolved internally and the issue is directly attributed to K2 Hampton, then this should be escalated to K2’s support team, as per the Service Level Agreement.


Adverse Incidents

An adverse incident is an event that causes, or has the potential to cause, unexpected or unwanted effects involving the safety of device Users (including patients) or other persons as a result of a medical device failure or its misuse.


Further information can be found on the MHRA Website (UK), TGA Website (Australia) and HPRA Website (Ireland).


Should an adverse incident occur, or risk of an adverse incident increase, the appropriate K2 Support Team MUST be contacted at the earliest opportunity.


K2 Support UK & Ireland: 0044 (0) 1752 397 800, Opt 1 | support@k2ms.com

K2 Support Australia: 0061 (0) 3 8820 3160 | ausupport@k2ms.com


Address of Manufacture

K2 Hampton™ is produced by K2 Medical Systems at the following address:


K2 Medical Systems Ltd,

Summit View,

26 William Prance Road,

Derriford, 

Plymouth,

PL6 5WR, UK


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