Objective: To compare the conventional sphygmomanometer with the semiautomated Dinamap 8100 (Critikon, Tampa, FL, USA) for the measurement of blood pressure in prepubertal children with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.
Methodology: Blood pressure was measured using both methods in 61 prepubertal children (aged 8-13 years) on 189 occasions over 4 years. The measurements were compared using the Bland-Altman plot. Tracking correlations of blood pressure centiles over time were analyzed by the general estimating equation.
Results: Accuracy criteria of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation were met and a British Hypertensive Society 'B' grading was reached. Differences in systolic and diastolic blood pressure were found between the two methods (P < 0.01). For systolic blood pressure, common correlations were 0.54 (Dinamap) and 0.51 (sphygmomanometer) and for diastolic blood pressure were 0.33 and 0.42, respectively.
Conclusion: The Dinamap 8100 is an acceptable alternative in clinic practice and research for prepubertal children.