First Aid Kit

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  1. sedge

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    I'm prompted to ask this question here, by something said elsewhere by someone not a Funster, about something they class as an essential item which any normal/average household would own just as an ordinary every day part of their First Aid kit.

    And since the vast majority of Funsters seem to me to be mostly normal and average I just thought I'd enquire.

    That item is a blood pressure monitor.

    Do you own one?

    If you own one, was it purchased originally because of a health condition or problem, or did you have it anyway?

    Finally assuming you have one - do you use it often?
     
  2. Puddleduck

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    Yes I have one. It was bought on the advice of a medical specialist as I have a medical condition.

    I use it when I am feeling off colour as I need to know about changes asap so I can get help. Generally it's used once a day, an hour after I take my medication but if I am ill then an hourly reading is required. The machine is calibrated at my GP surgery every six months. :)

    Oh, you need the upper arm monitor not the wrist monitor and make sure the cuff is the correct size.
     
  3. Phill D

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    Yes , have one...
    bought as a result of wanting to monitor ( occasionally ) BP as i was prescribed medication and i did not think i needed it.. :whistle:

    now use it still but only about once a month
     
  4. Stroppy Bird

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    I have one of the Lloyds Pharmacy ones. Its the upper arm cuff one and was on offer for a tenner! I originally got it when I was on a bit of a fitness kick for a medical for work. I use it fairly regularly (once a month or so) just to keep an eye out for any impending problems. As it happens my blood pressure has pretty much always been fine and relatively low for my age (shame the rest of me seems intent on falling to bits as I'm getting older!). Still nice to have the regular reassurance though.
     
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  5. mjltigger

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    No chance. I'm not interested. There's enough going on in the world to worry about without that.
     
  6. NickNic

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    Nope (y)
     
  7. maison

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    Yes, we have one as a result of my wife's low blood pressure. It was bought as a diagnostic aid when she was suffering from light-headedness and general malaise.

    Don't use it much now that we know what was wrong, but it was sometimes entertaining to see nurses or doctors trying to measure her blood pressure and thinking that their equipment was faulty as they weren't getting a reading on electronic units. Manual pumped systems utilising a stethoscope always got a reading, even if low.
     
  8. Hollyberry

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    Yes I have one but I doubt it's accuracy now.
    Bought it when I lived in Cyprus & neighbour fell off ladder onto concrete drive. Took 8 phone calls to get an ambulance ( and they both spoke Greek) while his wife kept phoning I managed to stop minor bleeding, keep him still,tried to keep him conscious etc

    I decided to throw everything at a first aid kit in case anything similar happened again.

    ( his hip was broken, ambulance arrived and they did transport him on a proper board but on the way to the hospital they diverted across a field to pick up another injured person. As they hadn't strapped him in he was shaken up even more by the time they finally reAched the hospital)
     
  9. Granjan

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    Yes I have one .... Somewhere? .....we have both had blood pressure problems in past .... husband still high and is on meds, we last used it when daughter was pregnant to check her low blood pressure. I am not certain it is accurate but think it gives a good indication, useful thing in my opinion ... Will have to find it!
     
  10. DanielFord

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    Yes I do have one, but I had a TIA, so my GP considered it important that I monitor my BP!
     
  11. CWH

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    Don't have one, no reason to (so far! - long may it last (y))
     
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  12. grumps147

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    Likewise ..
     
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  13. Reallyretired

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    My First Aid kit is huge and doesn't have a BP monitor. Don't say I've got to find room for something else :eek::eek:
     
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  15. TheBig1

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    i did have one due to medical issues and low bp. problem is my daughter borrowed it when she was last pregnant a couple of years ago.
    must buy another
     
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    Yes I have one ,since Oct 2000 and a sudden attack put me in hospital have lived with high bp ever since .monitored regularly by Dr and a weekly record of events .the latest one evev speaks to you
     
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    I have one...an upper arm jobbie as the wrist ones are worse than useless.

    I Have a too powerful oil pump (high blood pressure) and take medication for it so it comes in useful as a check.

    It does not reside with any first aid stuff....it is Not a first aid item.
     
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  18. Baycott

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    I have one. Bought it when Lloyds were doing them cheap. Used it for he first few months and haven't used it since. Thought it was a good idea at the time :rolleyes:
     
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  19. bertiebasset

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    Nope, don't have one.
     
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    Yes we have one and it is carried in the van when we are travelling. We both have satisfactory BP at this time and just check approx monthly.
     
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