How to Take Blood Pressure Blood Pressure Cuff Placement
Okay so now we want to talk about the placement of the blood pressure cuff, and the placement of the stethoscope. So in general, you want to be a couple of inches, or a couple of centimeters actually, above the elbow crease. You don’t want any clothes constricting around the blood pressure cuff. Go ahead and close that off, so now we have that. And the next part is placement of the stethoscope. One important aspect is to make sure that the ear pieces you can see are angled, and you want to make sure those angles are pointing forward when you place it in your ears. And then the other important part is the placement of the bell on the stethoscope, you just want to put it right on that crease, or right where you find.
The brachial artery, which should be running right in the center of that elbow crease.
How to Take Blood Pressure How to Take Blood Pressure
Okay so now we got the blood pressure cuff inflated fully. And there’s no longer a pulse coming through that brachael artery. Now you want to slowly open up the dial, so that the blood pressure is, the millimeters of mercury is falling around 2 millimeters of mercury per second. And when you hear that first beat, that is your systolic pressure, and then continue deflating at 2 millimeters of mercury until you no longer hear that beat, and that is your diastolic pressure. So the systolic pressure is the pressure on top, and the diastolic pressure is the pressure on bottom. And we can see that pressure on top, that systolic pressure, is the pressure that is highest. So in the arterial system when the heart contracts,.
That’s that high number. And in the arterial system when the heart relaxes, that’s that lower number.