Measuring and Recording Blood Pressure
Measuring and recording blood pressures is more difficult than measuring and recording the body temperature, pulse, and respirations. It is easier to make mistakes when measuring the blood pressure than when measuring the other vital signs. Certified Nursing Assistants must learn the proper way to measure blood pressure. If blood pressure is not measured correctly, an inaccurate blood pressure reading may be obtained that might be higher or lower than the true reading. Inaccurate measurements recorded in the patient’s chart may negatively impact the patient’s care. With practice and a conscientious effort, the patient’s blood pressure can be accurately measured and recorded.
After completing this inservice, the learner will be able to:
- Identify a basic definition of blood pressure.
- Identify the factors or components that work together to create blood pressure.
- Describe how to measure and record a patient’s blood pressure.
- Identify the signs and symptoms of hypertension and hypotension.
- Anatomy and Physiology of the Circulatory System
- Measuring and Recording Blood Pressure
- Hypertension and Hypotension