Frequently asked questions
What are the device’s modes of operation?
The MESI ABPI MD device has two modes of operation: The primary mode is for the measurement of the Ankle-Brachial Index, where you place the cuffs on the arm and 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 a cuff on the upper arm.
Who is at risk for PAD?
People over fifty who are diabetics, hypertensive, smokers, overweight or have high cholesterol, as well as everyone over the age of sixty-five.
What is Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)?
PAD or according to the new European Society of Cardiology 2017 Guidelines, Lower Extremity Artery Disease (LEAD), is the narrowing of peripheral arteries. It is caused by a build-up of plaque in the arterial walls. This means the blood flow to the limbs is restricted. The most typical symptom is leg pain which occurs during exercise and is relieved by a short period of rest, this is known as intermittent claudication. Most patients, however, do not necessarily feel the leg pain or any other symptoms or are unable to describe them to their doctor.
What is the MESI ABPI MD device used for?
The MESI ABPI MD is a fast, simple, accurate and objective screening tool for the diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), based on oscillometry and volume plethysmography. The device measures Ankle-Brachial Index using the patented 3-CUFF™ technology.
What is the measurement process 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
- Pressing the Start button to run 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 the MESI ABPI MD use?
The 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 ABI if one of the lower limbs is missing?
If the patient has an amputated leg or is not compliant for ABI measurement because of extensive wounds, ABI can be measured only on patient’s left or right leg by choosing the ‘Amputation settings’ in the device ‘Settings’ menu.
Can you measure ABI on patients with wounds?
If the patient can withstand a 1-minute measurement, the cuffs must be protected with an impermeable dressing before they are placed on the extremities with the wounds. If not, the ‘Amputation settings’ can be chosen in the ‘Settings’ menu and the cuffs are then placed accordingly.
How many measurements does the device store?
The Measurement History memory can store approximately 40 measurements. The oldest measurements are automatically deleted for each additional measurement, so we recommend transferring the measurements 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 the computer at a later time.