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.
Steps to taking a Manual Blood Pressure
- Use a properly sized blood pressure cuff. (most adults will fit a Large.)
- 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.)
- Position the bell of the stethoscope on the brachial artery.
- Inflate the BP cuff to 30-40 mmHg above the patient’s know BP.
- Slowly Deflate the BP cuff roughly around 2-3 mmHg per second.
- Listening for the Systolic and Diasotlic readings.
- 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!
Here is phenomenal video showing you how to take a Blood pressure manually.