Merit Sensor Systems, Inc. Announces the BP Series Medical Pressure Sensor Has Been Selected as a 2014 Product of the Year Finalist

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Performance and Stability That Far Exceeds the AAMI BP22 Specification

MDB Finalist of the Year

Being selected as a Product of the Year Finalist recognizes the hard work that the entire Sensor team put in to create the preeminent blood pressure sensor on the market.

Merit Sensor Systems, Inc., a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of pressure sensing solutions, announced today that the Merit Sensor Systems’ BP Series Medical Pressure Sensor has been selected by the Editor of Medical Design Briefs, Beth Sisk, as a 2014 Product of the Year Finalist.

The BP Series pressure sensor has been designed to provide a form, fit and function solution to existing applications that fully conforms and also exceeds the American Association of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Standard BP22. The BP Series pressure sensor includes Merit’s proprietary Silicon Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) technology and exploits all of its benefits, including low-cost, item-to-item reproducibility and ruggedness. The BP Series operates over the pressure measurement range of -30 to +300 mm Hg and is compatible in air, gas and liquid, including blood. Being designed for large volume applications, the BP Series sensors are also compatible with automated assembly equipment. The design, assembly, manufacturing and testing of these devices are conducted under one roof at Merit Sensor’s Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., facility. The BP Series was designed for disposable blood pressure monitoring but is also applicable in a broad range of additional medical measurement applications, including kidney dialysis and infusion pumps.

The performance and reliability of the BP Series far exceeds the requirements of the AAMI BP22 standard. It operates over a pressure range of -30 to +300 mm Hg over the temperature range of +15 to +40 °C. The typical accuracy of the sensor is better than 1% of reading over this entire pressure and temperature range. The sensor is also able to maintain this level of accuracy over a wide supply voltage of 1-10 volts. These small devices measure 8.1 x 10.5 mm, weigh 2 grams and are suitable for ETO sterilization.

Merit Sensor President, Rick Russell, said, “Our BP Series pressure sensors have been specifically designed to perform accurately and reliably under the rigors of medical measurement and meet the stringent requirements of the AAMI BP22 Standard. Being selected as a Product of the Year Finalist recognizes the hard work that the entire Sensor team put in to create the preeminent blood pressure sensor on the market. Merit Sensor has the unique ability to experience the nuances of these devices in real-life medical situations based on our parent company Merit Medical Systems, Inc.’s long history and in-depth experience in providing high quality medical device solutions to the market,. This knowledge is incorporated into the design of the BP Series to exceed critical specifications like burst pressure – the BP Series typically allows for ten times the accidental overpressure or extreme shock application to blood pressure transducers. We expect that this feature, in addition to its design for high volume assembly and manufacturing, will gain rapid acceptance in the medical diagnostic measurement market and challenge our competitors’ blood pressure sensor products.”


The Merit Sensor BP Series Blood Pressure Sensor is available from stock. The unit price is $1.50 in 100,000 piece quantities.


Michael Daily, Marketing and Communications Specialist, 801-208-4675


Merit Sensor Systems, Inc., founded in 1991, designs, manufactures, assembles and packages customized MEMS piezoresistive pressure sensor solutions for medical, automotive, industrial, aviation, defense and consumer applications. Merit Sensor offers uncompensated, passively compensated, and actively compensated MEMS pressure sensing elements ranging from 0.15 to 15,000 psi operating ranges. Merit Sensor Systems is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a subsidiary of Merit Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MMSI).

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