One of the most important things to consider when buying a home blood pressure monitor is the cuff sizes. If the cuff is the incorrect size, the readings may be inaccurate. If you have a Welch Allyn Monitor or considering buying one you’ll want to know, what are the Welch Allyn Home blood pressure cuff sizes?
The following are the Welch Allyn home blood pressure cuff sizes for each model:
Welch Allyn 1500 Series Cuff Sizes:
- Standard Size Cuff: 8.75″ – 16.5″ (22-42 cm)
Welch Allyn 1700 Series Cuff Sizes:
- Standard Size Cuff: 8.75″ -16.5″ (22-42 cm)
- Extra Small Cuff: 5.75″ – 9.5″ (15 -24 cm)
- Extra Large Cuff: 15.75″ – 21.25″ (40-54 cm)
The 1500 and 1700 series both come with the standard size cuff when purchased 1. There is no other sizes available for the 1500 series. The 1700 series offers the extra small and extra large cuff sizes for purchase separately. Keep reading and I’ll inform you how to measure your arm properly which is crucial prior to ordering your home monitor.
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In addition, check out my blog post where I compare both monitors and their differences in complete detail by clicking here, Welch Allyn 1700 vs 1500 Series Home Blood Pressure Monitor.
The Welch Allyn 1700 Series Cuff Sizes
As noted earlier, the 1700 Series comes with the standard size cuff, 8.75″-16.5″ (22-42 cm). The extra small (5.75″-9.5″) or extra large (15.75″-21.25″) cuffs can be purchased separately if you need one of those sizes 2. They are available on Amazon by clicking here, 1700 Series Cuffs.
All three cuff sizes come with the air supply hose internally connected to the cuff and bladder. The loose end of the air supply hose has a metal sleeve that easily presses onto the metal connector on the monitor and clicks into place. To remove it, slide the metal sleeve back and pull it off the monitor connector.
The ability to easily and quickly change cuff sizes is beneficial if you have two different uses with different size arms. If you require a standard size cuff and another adult in your home needs the extra large, both of you can use the same monitor and quickly change the cuff between measurements.
I wrote a detailed review of the 1700 series. It includes all the features, photos and a video which includes an unboxing. You can visit my blog post by clicking here, Welch Allyn Home 1700 Series Blood Pressure Monitor Review.
The Welch Allyn 1500 Series Cuff Sizes
The 1500 Series monitor comes with the standard size cuff, 8.75″-16.5″ (22-42 cm). There are no other size BP cuffs available for the 1500 series.
This makes measuring your arm and ensuring the standard size cuff is the right size crucial 3. If the standard cuff is too small or large for your upper arm, the monitor is useless for you to use. This leads me to the next section on how to measure your upper arm correctly.
How To Measure Arm Size For Blood Pressure Cuff
To measure your arm size for a blood pressure cuff follow these steps:
- Use a cloth measuring tape.
- Wrap the measuring tape around your bare upper arm.
- The tape should be in the middle of your upper arm between the elbow and shoulder.
- The tape should be snug but not too tight or too loose.
- Make sure the tape is wrapped around evenly.
- Keep your arm relaxed and hanging straight down along the side of your body.
- Note the inch measurement and write it down with your blood pressure records.
How To Determine What Size BP Cuff To Use
The following are the steps to take when determining what size BP cuff to use:
- Measure the circumference of your upper arm.
- Determine which cuff’s size range the measurement of your upper arms falls into and pick that cuff.
- If your upper arm measurement falls into two different cuff size arm ranges, choose the larger size cuff.
Here are three different scenarios as examples to help you choose the correct cuff size.
1: Let’s say your upper arm measurement is 13″ and you’re interested in purchasing the 1700 or 1500 series home monitor. The standard size cuff which comes with either monitor will be perfect for you as it allows a size range between 8.75″ and 16.5″.
2: Let’s say your upper arm measurement is 17.5″ and you’re interested in purchasing the 1700 or 1500 series home monitor. The measurement of 17.5″ is larger than the standard cuff size range of 8.75 to 16.5″.
Your only choice would be to purchase the 1700 series monitor and separately purchase the extra large cuff. The 1500 series is not an option for you because it only comes with the standard size cuff.
3: Let’s say your upper arm measurement is 16″. The arm measurement of 16″ falls into the size range of two different cuffs, the standard and the extra large. Either size cuff is okay for you to use. When this situation arises, Welch Allyn states the larger size cuff is the ideal option but not necessary.
The Welch Allyn ProBp 2000 Cuff Sizes
The following are the Welch Allyn ProBP 2000 Cuff Sizes:
- Child Size Cuff: 15-21 cm
- Small Adult: 20-26 cm
- Adult: 25-34 cm
- Adult Long: 25-34 cm
- Large Adult: 32-43 cm
- Large Adult Long: 32-43 cm
- Thigh: 40-55 cm
The ProBp 2000 comes with an adult size cuff, 25-34 cm, when you make a purchase.
The ProBp 2000 is an automatic blood pressure monitor available in Europe only. It’s marketed and intended to be used by clinicians and medically qualified personnel 4.
It’s very similar to the 1700 series as they both have the SureBp technology and look exactly the same. The only major difference between the two is the cuffs and how they attach.
The ProBp 200 uses the FlexiPort blood pressure cuffs 5. The air supply tubing attaches to the cuff by pushing the connector onto the cuff fitting until it snaps in place. After the tubing is connected, it can rotate 360 degrees to position the tubing in any direction convenient for the medical staff.
There is many FlexiPort cuffs and tubing available on Amazon right here, Welch Allyn FlexiPort cuffs. These cuffs will not operate with the 1500 or 1700 series home monitors.
Wrapping Up Blood Pressure Cuff Sizes
This blog post should have given you a better understanding of what cuff sizes are available for Welch Allyn Home monitors. In addition, how to measure your arm so you can pick the correct size cuff and monitor for your arm circumference.
Having the correct size cuff for your arm is crucial in achieving the most accurate blood pressure measurements. I know too many people using the wrong size cuff and they continue to measure their blood pressure. They feel it’s better than not measuring it at all. To be honest, it may actually be worse because the results are false.
Do yourself a favor and follow the steps listed earlier and purchase a quality monitor with the correct size cuff. Here are other blog posts I wrote explaining more about false blood pressure readings.
- Welch Allyn: Home Blood Pressure Monitors
- Welch Allyn: Welch Allyn Home Blood Pressure Monitors
- Welch Allyn: Answer Center
- Welch Allyn: Welch Allyn ProBP 2000 Digital Blood Pressure Device
- Welch Allyn: ProBP 2000 Digital Blood Pressure Device