Frequently asked questions
What are MESI ABPI MD’s modes of operation?
MESI ABPI MD device has two modes of operation.
The primary mode is for the measurement of the ankle-brachial index (ABI), where you place cuffs on the arm and on the left and right ankles.
The additional mode is for an independent measurement of the upper arm blood pressure. In this mode, you will only measure the upper arm blood pressure, so only place the cuff on the upper arm.
What does the measurement process look like and how long does it take?
The measurement process consists of four simple steps:
- correctly placing the arm cuff,
- correctly placing the ankle cuffs,
- running the measurement,
- receiving the results.
The calculation of the measurement results takes a couple of seconds, while the entire measurement process takes approximately a minute.
What kind of power supply does MESI ABPI MD use?
MESI ABPI MD uses the following two power sources:
- the mains electricity using an AC/DC power supply,
- battery power.
When fully charged, the battery capacity is sufficient for up to 50 measurements. Only the original power supply should be used for charging the device to avoid any damage.
Can you measure the ABI if one of the lower limbs is missing?
If a patient has an amputated leg or is not compliant for the ABI measurement because of extensive wounds, it can be measured only on patient’s left or right leg by choosing the “Amputation settings” in the device “Settings” menu.
Can you measure the ABI on patients with wounds?
If the patient can withstand a 1-minute measurement, cuffs must be protected with an impermeable dressing before they are placed on the extremities with wounds. If not, the “Amputation settings” can be chosen in the “Settings” menu and cuffs placed accordingly.
How many measurements can MESI ABPI MD store?
MESI ABPI MD can store approximately 40 measurements. The oldest measurements are automatically deleted for each additional measurement, so we recommend transferring them regularly to your computer using the MESIresults application.
Do I need a computer to use MESI ABPI MD?
MESI ABPI MD is portable and can be used as a standalone device. It is equipped with a long-lasting rechargeable battery and a measurement history, which stores the results. The measurements saved on the device can be transferred to a computer at a later time.
What happens if an error occurs during or after the measurement?
Thanks to a unique error detection system, MESI ABPI MD will alert the operator of any irregularities. The device can identify two types of errors: measurement and calculation errors. Instead of a false result, a warning message is displayed on the screen along with further instructions. For detailed error descriptions, please check the “Instructions for use”.
What is the best way to clean MESI ABPI MD?
The “Instructions for use” state that the device can be wiped down using a damp cloth or a disinfectant that does not contain thinners or similar solvents. The same as cuffs, it should not be soaked in liquid at any time.
The calibration reminder appears on the MESI ABPI MD device. What can I do?
To ensure the device is functioning properly, we recommend an annual calibration. The date of the last calibration can be found in the “About” section.
The calibration reminder pops up on the device when ALL THREE of the following criteria are fulfilled:
- if the difference between the current time and date of calibration is more than one year,
- if the difference between current time and the first use date is more than one year,
- if the calibration reminder is turned on (this can be turned on or off in the device’s settings).