Blood pressure is an important vital sign for determining the health of an individual. Although estimation of average arterial blood pressure is possible using oscillometric methods, there are no established methods in the literature for obtaining confidence interval (CI) for systolic pressure (SP) and diastolic pressure (DP) estimates obtained from such measurements. This paper presents a nonparametric bootstrap methodology to obtain CI with a small sample set of measurements. The proposed methodology uses pseudo measurements using bootstrap principles to derive the pseudo maximum amplitudes (PMA) and the pseudo envelopes (PE). Then the SP and DP are derived using the new relationships between PMA and PE and the confidence intervals for such estimates. Application of the proposed methodology on an experimental dataset of 85 patients with 5 sets of measurements for each patient has yielded a tighter Cl than the conventional student t-method.

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Keywords Blood pressure, Bootstrap, Confidence interval
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1109/MEMEA.2010.5480216
Conference 2010 IEEE International Workshop on Medical Measurements and Applications, MeMeA 2010
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Lee, S. (Soojeong), Bolic, M. (Miodrag), Groza, V.Z. (Voicu Z.), Dajani, H.R. (Hilmi R.), & Rajan, S. (2010). Confidence interval estimation for blood pressure measurements with nonparametric bootstrap approach. In 2010 IEEE International Workshop on Medical Measurements and Applications, MeMeA 2010 - Proceedings (pp. 130–133). doi:10.1109/MEMEA.2010.5480216