Lead Investigator: Alan Murray
Funding: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), EP/N025342/1 (2016-2019)Project Synopsis
There is a worldwide need for accurate blood pressure measurement. The "gold standard" is the manual method, with an experienced clinician listening to the stethoscope Korotkoff sounds and viewing a cuff pressure scale. However, this is increasingly being underused because of the training needed and the time required for the measurement in busy clinics, and is almost never used for self measurement at home. The current undesirable move to replace manual by automated devices can result in radically different measurements on the same patient for different devices. Inaccurate measurement is such a problem that the UK Department of Health has had to issue several Warning Notices about current automated devices.
The aim of our research is to develop a novel technique for accurately and automatically measuring blood pressure.