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Improving the accuracy of BP measurement

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Improving the accuracy of BP measurement

Author

Elizabeth Denver is hypertension in diabetes nurse specialist, Whittington Health Trust, writing on behalf of the British Hypertension Society, Nurses Working Party

 

THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

  • Why blood pressure needs to be measured accurately
  • How poor technique can lead to inaccurate measurement
  • How to validate, calibrate and maintain BP monitors

 

YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:

Hypertension and the dangers associated with this condition. It would also be useful if you were researching why accurate measurements of vital signs is so important.

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?

This article gives guidance on how and why to accurately measure blood pressure. It explains common errors made in measuring BP and tips to avoid making these.

This article would be useful for anyone who is not yet skilled in measuring blood pressure.

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR

  • What technique do you use to measure blood pressure?
  • How frequently should blood pressure be checked?

STUDENT NT DECODER

Myocardial infarction

Commonly known as a heart attack. Usually caused by a blood clot preventing blood from flowing in to part of the heart, damaging the cells.

Haemorrhagic stroke

Caused by a blood vessel in the brain rupturing. The bleeding compresses and damages the surrounding brain tissue. This damage can affect a person’s ability to function.

Ischaemic stroke

Occurs when reduced blood flow to parts of the brain results in brain calls being starved of oxygen and damaged. This damage can affect a person’s ability to function.

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