Profile of blood pressure measurement devices purchased in Chile 2018–2020

Silva et al.


To describe the types of blood pressure measurement devices marketed through the Mercado Público platform between 2018 and 2020.


This is a descriptive study based on transactions on the Mercado Público platform for the purchase of blood pressure measurement devices in the 2018-2020 period. A search was made for any validation granted by international organizations for automatic devices. The results are expressed as absolute and relative frequencies.


Between 2018 and 2020, purchases of automatic devices increased from 15% to 75%, while purchases of mercury-based devices dropped from 40.9% to 7.5%, and aneroid devices fell from 38.7% to 15.8%. Of the 772 automatic devices, 52.6% were validated for accuracy.


Given that Chile is committed to the HEARTS Initiative in the Americas, and that prevention and control of hypertension are critical to reducing mortality from noncommunicable diseases, it is crucial to ensure accurate blood pressure measurement. This document provides relevant information on transactions and the purchase profile of blood pressure measurement devices on the Mercado Público platform. A growing trend was observed in the purchase of validated automatic equipment during the evaluation period.

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