CLINICAL DO'S & DON'TS: Taking blood pressure accurately

November 2004 
Volume 34  Number 11
Pages 26 - 26
  PDF Version Available!


  • DO

  • DON'T



  • Figure. No caption a...

  • Figure. No caption a...

  • Figure. No caption a...

    AN ACCURATE blood pressure (BP) reading is a key gauge of your patient's overall health. Have the patient sit quietly for 5 minutes, then take the reading with his arm supported at heart level.


    * Explain the procedure to the patient. Assess for factors that affect BP, such as medications, anxiety, and pain, or exercise, smoking, or caffeine consumption within the past 30 minutes.

    * Select an appropriate arm. Avoid an arm that's injured or painful or that has a fistula or an I.V. or arterial line. If the patient has undergone breast or axilla surgery, avoid the arm on that same side.

    * Select the appropriate cuff for his arm circumference. Extend the arm and support it at heart level with ...

Purchase Now !

To purchase this item, follow the instructions below. If you’re not already logged in, be sure to enter your login information below to ensure that your item is saved to your File Drawer after you purchase it.

Not a member? Join now for Free!

1) If you're not already logged in, enter your information below to save this item in your File Drawer for future viewing.

User name:


Forgot your user name or password?
2)  If you have a coupon or promotional code, enter it
here.(If not, just click Continue.

Digital Coupon: (optional)

3)  Click Continue to go to the next screen, where
you'll enter your payment details.

Featured Jobs

Benefits of Membership

FREE E-Newsletters
Sign up for our free enewsletters to stay up-to-date in your area of practice - or take a look at an archive of prior issues

Join our CESaver program to earn up to 100 contact hours for only $34.95
Register Now

Explore a world of online resources

Become a Member