Most people are unaware of how to use manual blood pressure cuff. They see the nurse or doctor take their blood pressure using a manual blood pressure cuff attached to a blood pressure machine and a stethoscope and it appears to look easy to do.
One thing to keep in mind is that these nurses and doctors who take blood pressures have done this procedure for many years. They know exactly what to do and how to do it. Visit bpmonitoradvisor.com or this facebook page.
The blood pressure should be taken in the left arm, since the heart is located on the left side. This will give the doctor a more accurate reading. Clear the left arm of any heavy garments and have the patient turn their inner arm so the bend in the elbow can be seen.After taking a brief history of the patient along with their age, height, weight and medication this gives the doctor a better understanding of where the patient’s blood pressure might be. However, the only way to know for sure is to take the blood pressure.
Place the blood pressure cuff firmly around the upper part of the left arm. Make sure the two cords from the blood pressure cuff are untwisted and laying against the arm.
Check to make sure the two cords are attached to the manual blood pressure machine. Check for the heart beat in the bend of the elbow.
Go from the little finger and up the arm to the elbow and that is where the heart beat is located. Once the heart beat has been found place the end of the stethoscope on the heart beat area.
Start squeezing the bulb to around 150 and start releasing the bulb with the metal button on the side a little at a time. If you hear the heart beat right away pump the bulb again until there is silence, when the bulb is first released.
When you hear the first beat that will be your systolic or upper number and keep listening. When you hear the last beat that is your diastolic or lower number, giving you your blood pressure reading.