How to take a Manual Blood Pressure

How To take a Manual Blood Pressure

I know this may sound weird that I would put blood pressure on my list, but you would be surprised on how many nurse can’t take one correctly, or how to even do it. I take pride in the fact that I know how to take a manual blood pressure and I am always accurate on the blood pressure that I get.  how to take a manual blood pressure


Steps to taking a Manual Blood Pressure

  1.  Use a properly sized blood pressure cuff. (most adults will fit a Large.)
  2. Wrap the cuff around the upper arm with the cuff’s lower edge one inch above the brachial artery. (most cuffs have a line indicating that line should point to the brachial artery.)
  3. Position the bell of the stethoscope on the brachial artery.
  4. Inflate the BP cuff to 30-40 mmHg above the patient’s know BP.
  5. Slowly Deflate the BP cuff roughly around 2-3 mmHg per second.
  6. Listening for the Systolic and Diasotlic readings.
  7. Double check if results do not match patient’s standard results

Manual Blood Pressure VS. Electronic Blood Pressure

Here is very good article that you can read.

Personally I prefer a Manual Blood Pressure over a Electronic, but that is me. Time for you to decide for yourself!

How to take a manual blood pressure


This is my favorite blood pressure cuff to use for Manual and Electronic!

Here is phenomenal video showing you how to take a Blood pressure manually.