How to Take Blood Pressure
May 12, 2016
- Blood pressure cuff
Ask your patient to hold their arm out so you can begin.
- Place the blood pressure cuff around the brachial artery. The brachial artery is found on the elbow’s front side.
- Find the radial pulse. The radial pulse is the pulse in your wrist.
- Inflate the cuff until you no longer feel the radial pulse.
- Take the number seen on the cuff and add 30. That’s the number you’ll inflate the cuff to when taking the blood pressure.
- Inflate the cuff to the number indicated in the previous step.
- Listen for the systolic and diastolic pressure.
- Systolic is the whooshing sound heard through the stethoscope when the cuff deflates.
- Diastolic is when that noise goes away.
And that’s how you take a patient’s blood pressure!
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