Chapter 5: Blood Pressure

Finding the Error Activity: Blood Pressure – Feedback

In the previous film clip, a number of measurement errors were made. It is important to ensure the following techniques:

  • Perform hand hygiene before and after
  • Correct cuff placement must be determined by palpating the brachial artery.
  • Maximum pressure inflation must be determined before a blood pressure can be accurately taken.
  • The cuff is securely fastened around the arm so that only one finger can be placed between the cuff and the client’s arm. The cuff should not be moveable.
  • The stethoscope is cleansed before using.
  • The client should sit still with feet placed flat on the floor while having the blood pressure taken.


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