Prevention Ultima Upper-Arm Blood Pressure Monitor

I’d read through the posts from the last offering of this item before buying. Start with the Oct. 8th posts.

You’d likely be pushing it with this one. However, you CAN use a blood pressure cuff on your forearm (which should work for any of us) IF it’s of decent quality. Reviews would point towards the negative here…

WOW - 8/10 reviews on Amazon are ONE Star!

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Would the AC adapter from this unit work with the Prevention DS-1902 model that I bought on WOOT a year ago? It didn’t come with an AC adapter.

As for blood pressure cuff size, generally a large cuff will be used if your arm circumference is greater than 34 cm. Since this goes up to 43 cm, then it may be usable for those who have to use large cuffs in a doctor’s office. Still it’s probably best to just measure your arm circumference.

Different manufacturers have different cutoffs for cuff sizes.

You can measure if it fits:
Take a string or a piece of dental floss - wrap it loosely around your arm mid-way between elbow and a shoulder. Mark the length, then measure it with a ruler. If it’s under 16.9 inches (as per specs), you should be fine with the provided cuff.

Of course if you have flexible tailor’s measure tape you can use that instead of the whole string circus!

There is some overlap with cuff sizes, and different manufacturers size differently. The best thing to do would be to measure your arm.

Transferring the data works fine if you use Windows XP.If you are trying to use Vista Good Luck. I called company for help twice. They sent me a disk for vista users and I loaded it and it still didn’t work. Called and requested another disk just in case someone made a mistake when making the disk. Have not received it yet. Company people were not very helpful.Bloodpressure cuff itself works great.

This was one of my first Woots way back when. I think it was about $29. It’s the best blood pressure monitor I have ever tested. The display is large and clear and the results are accurate and reproducible. It uses a unique algorithm which starts measuring during inflation. That means the cuff has to be inflated less, minimizing discomfort for people with sensitive arms, i.e. due to diabetic neuropathy. Everything stores nicely into the supplied hard case. I have not tested the USB connectivity yet so I can’t comment on that or the software. Some have said that the software is very rudimentary.

Please note however that some units had a valve problem (see Amazon for more info). Apparently, the valve either arrived broken or broke soon after. Some successfully fixed it with Krazy Glue. When Wooters complained en masse, Woot did the right thing and gave refunds, no questions asked. I was one of the lucky ones who got a perfect unit. If the flaw has been fixed – and there’s no reason to believe that it hasn’t – I’d recommend this to anyone needing to monitor their blood pressure.

Two more points …

  1. In the previous Woot, an EMT wanted to get one for his work. I wouldn’t recommend using this outdoor because it has an inverse LCD display which depends on backlighting. That means the display is unusable in bright sunlight. But it’s great at home.

  2. A common question is how large an arm this can accommodate. It goes up to 16.9" – the largest of any model I have tested.

$47.41 and 1.5 stars at Amazon:


gah wrong woot!

Problem with these things is that most people just don’t know how to measure BP properly (and why should they?)

These things aren’t very accurate and when I see people I always measure their BP regardless of what a machine told them since there isn’t any substitute for a properly trained professional.

I’d treat this more as a novelty way to get a rough idea of where you may be, but if you’ve got HTN this isn’t going to be the solution you need. Eliminating Sodium and exercising are.

I have beefy arms, my bicep in 29 inches of pure heat… Will this fit?

Looks like they have a DOA problem. But people seemed to like the ones that worked.

i own one of this,and i am using it once everyday and its still going strong on batteries.I even don’t know where is my ac adapter.:slight_smile:

in for 3; just went Walmart to find it this evening; the cheapest one is $34.99/ea in Walmart. woot woot woot

110 or 220 volts?

This has the biggest cuff of the 10+ models I’ve tested. My neighbor normally also need to use a larger cuff but this unit performed just fine on him. Measure yourself just to be sure.

i have ordered 3pcs…what should i do now?

in for three.

i’ve used this company’s products before (i’ve bought a lot of BP monitors and loaned them to patients - most never come back, sadly).

if they’ve fixed the defect as the ad copy states, this is a deal. and since i always ask folks to bring in their monitor now and then, it’s easy to tell by comparing it to a manual unit if it’s optimistic or pessimistic.

remember - the healthiest blood pressure is between 110 and 120 systolic (except for thin athletic women, who often run lower). and since it’s very uncommon to feel high blood pressure, being able to check it is A Good Thing (tm martha stewart).

even better, your doc might be happy w/ you emailing your data, saving you the need for an office visit. what’s that worth to you?