In 1916, during his daily work at a large clinic dedicated to
pre-employment and pre-insurance physical examinations and medical testing, our founder, William A. Baum, saw the
importance of accurate blood pressure measurement. He also
saw, very clearly, the imperfections of the equipment being used.
Rather than take on the role of a carping critic, he determined then and there, to do something about the situation. The result of this determination was the first Baumanometer® blood pressure instrument. It functioned on the immutable law of gravity; it was simple and convenient to use; most important, the user could verify its accuracy by simple observation.

In 1964, on the occasion of his receiving a 50 Year Alumni Medal and Citation from Pratt Institute, Mr. Baum said: "I knew the medical profession needed the instrument I proposed to make and I felt confident I would only have to price it reasonably and demonstrate its superiority to physicians to sell a sufficient number."

The Baumanometer® sphygmomanometer rapidly became the preferred blood pressure instrument throughout the USA, Canada and worldwide. The founder attributed the success of the business to "...the loyal, unselfish and outstandingly capable assistance of many men and women who have been (and still are) pillars of strength in our enterprise."
Today's Baumanometer® instruments still function on the immutable law of gravity and are the result of continuous development over the years. Cases and housings are made of extruded or precision diecast metal. Mylar® Clad calibrated tubes are fully recessed in metal scales. These tubes have a wide bore to prevent separation of the mercury column and are held securely in place by spring tension. A stainless steel baffle in the mercury reservoir keeps the mercury in place during handling and transport.
These are just a few of the hundreds of improvements made since the first Baumanometer® blood pressure instrument was developed. Many of the improvements are hidden from view but all of them contribute to the unsurpassed accuracy and dependability of the instrument.

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