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Am J Hypertens. 1995 Feb;8(2):210-3.

American National Standard for nonautomated sphygmomanometers. Summary report.

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Department of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, USA.


The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation develops voluntary standards for medical devices so that manufacturers might provide information on their product and basic safety and performance criteria that should be considered in qualifying the instrument for clinical use. American National Standards are generated through a consensus process by committees of experts in research, development, and design from user, industry, and government communities. Draft standards are made available for public review and become American National Standards after review by the American National Standards Institute. This report is a summary of the American National Standard that establishes both the safety and performance requirements of pneumatic and other nonautomated sphygmomanometers (especially mercury gravity and aneroid sphygmomanometers) used in the indirect measurement of blood pressure. This standard was developed by a consensus panel from academia, industry, and government; it updates the previous standard approved by the American National Standards Institute in 1986. This summary report does not cover all of the provisions of the revised 1994 American National Standard, thus users, researchers, and instrument designers should refer to the standard for detailed requirements.

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