Blood pressure measurement
Maureen Wallymahmed Nurse consultant, Aintree University Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool
Blood pressure measurement is an essential clinical skill for all nurses. However, if the procedure is not followed carefully there is potential for error that can adversely affect patient management. Nurses performing blood pressure measurement should be appropriately trained and updated on the procedure and the correct use of equipment. This article outlines the procedure for measuring blood pressure using a conventional mercury or aneroid sphygmomanometer and an electronic blood pressure monitor. It also identifies potential sources of error.
Nursing Standard. 22, 19, 45-48. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.01.22.19.45.c6314Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review