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Correct use of the blood pressure unit

Sun Mar 16, 2008 21:42

Hi
Can any body advise on the correct use of a blood pressure unit/gauge
ie does it matter which arm, how do you tell when its inflated enough, how long do you wait for a reading and how do you get the corerect reading? Sorry theres so many questions :D

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Thu Mar 20, 2008 18:40

HI

it works like this.

You must use it with a stethoscope.

You inflate until 18 for example when you begin not hearin the heart beating in the arm.

Then you release pressure slowly.

You listen, when you hear the first heart beating in the arm, that's the maxima. When you begin to not hear it , that's the minima.

The arm doesn't mather.

You must place the stethoscope below the armband

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Sat Mar 22, 2008 16:56

Traditionally (as explained to me by a former Battalion Dentist), the sphygmomanometer cuff goes on the left arm above the elbow. The person taking the reading sits to the patient's left, facing them (left arm to left arm). The person taking the reading holds the head of the stethoscope in place over the artery with the thumb of the left hand, and inflates the bulb with the right hand. As the pressure is released, they can listen for the systolic and diastolic readings. Using the right hand allows the taker to more accurately control the air flow with the needle valve. (remember this was in the day when right-handed was "right" and left-handed was WRONG!)
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Fri Mar 28, 2008 13:27

Thanks very much for your help with this guys, at least if we use it now we wont look like numpties. :D

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Alfie
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