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Blood Pressure Monitors

High blood pressure has reached near epidemic proportions in the United States, and with Baby Boomers reaching old age, more and more people need to regularly monitor their blood pressure at home. These devices are even more critical for diabetics, who need to keep careful track of their blood pressure. Unfortunately, many monitors have visual displays that are difficult or impossible for people with vision problems to see. Small adjustments such as changing the contrast of the visual display or adding speech output could make all the difference. AFB TECH has conducted a variety of reviews to determine which blood pressure monitors were the most accessible and to suggest areas of improvement for manufacturers of these important devices.

Product Evaluations

Uslan, M; Burton, D; Wilson, T; Taylor, S; Chertow, B; Terry, J. Accessibility of Home Blood Pressure Monitors for Blind and Visually Impaired People. Diabetes Science and Technology, Vol. 1, No. 2, March 2007.

Diabetes Management and Visual Impairment: Are People Aware of Accessible Home Blood Pressure Monitors?, AccessWorld®, Vol. 6, No. 1, January 2005.

Diabetes and Visual Impairment: Are Home Blood Pressure Monitors Accessible?, AccessWorld®, Vol. 5, No. 5, September 2004.

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