I work in LTC. Nuff said.
Looking to get a new cuff as mine has been thrashed - dial plastic busted (literally chipped out in the shape of a Jesus fish - a miracle!- so you can touch the dial needle), paint on side of dial casing chipped, fabric stained - YUCK! I think also it's begun to read low, though it still gets within ballpark of what the other aides get when they read VS.
I was looking on Amazon.com for a new one and saw a picture of a palm-style one, with a trigger release. I am tempted, very tempted. It looks so sexy. One hand, no more getting the tubes tangled up in the rush and speed of taking up to 25 sets of VS within about 30 minutes across a long, narrow building. No more sticking of the release valve dial. No more trying to figure out where to clip the gauge so I can see it AND it will stick in all the odd positions our residents get in to.
But, is my old sweetheart the two-tube style better? The dial may stick sometimes, but it let me control how fast the air went out - quickly for the residents with strong pulse sounds, slowly for the lady whose own doctor has trouble getting a reading from her. Also, then I COULD stick the gauge dial anywhere to eliminate glare.
Help me! Some of these products have no customer reviews on Amazon and without those I am lost! LOL