How To Use A Sphygmomanometer To Measure Blood Pressure?

It is a device used to calculate the body’s blood pressure. It is been tested and proven to make a precise measure of one’s blood pressure because it is considered as a precision material. This tool consists of a cuff that is inflatable, a manometer which serves as a gauging unit and a apparatus for inflation which might be a manually operated bulb and valve or via using a medical pump that is more often than not operated manually or automatically. This tool is made available to you through going to clinic, hospitals or even in your own home as long as you know how to properly use it.

How To Use A Sphygmomanometer To Measure Blood Pressure

How to use it

The person or the patient in whom the sphygmomanometer will be used must be in calm down

mode. The patient may be sitting comfortably laying his or her back on the backrest of the seat

or he or she may be lying at ease in a bed. It is to make sure that the patient is having normal

rate of blood pressure before using the sphygmomanometer.

The person should not be fresh from any strenuous activity like jogging or walking before taking

his or her blood pressure because it may affect to the reading of the sphygmomanometer.

Similarly, if the patient had been involved in an exercise or any activity prior to the taking of his

or her blood pressure, he or she should be allowed to rest first or relax in order to cool down in

order to make his or her blood pressure stable.

The test should be made not right after a recent meal as it may affect the reading. The arms

should be at the heart level so that the reading should be exact. Also, the arms should be

allowed to flex back and forth in order to get it more relax and less tense. Likewise, the arms

should be free from any tight things like bracelets, watches, ponytails, rings and rubber bands

because it may disrupt the blood flow.

The person or the practitioner using the said device should first detect the clearest sign of heart

beat of the patient on his arm. After locating it, he or she may now put the apparatus on the

patient arm.

The practitioner should wrap the upper arm with the available cuff and take note of the time and

then listen to beat of the heart with the aid of a stethoscope. It is usually placed within the cuff

wrapped in the upper part of the arm, and then the practitioner gradually releases the force in

the cuff by means of the valve. As the pressure in the cuffs decreases, a “whooshing” resonance

is heard, this means that the blood run starts once more in the artery walls. The pressure at

which the first pounding sound began is noted as the systolic blood pressure while when there

exists a disappearance of the sound afterwards, it will create the so-called diastolic blood. You

can now record your blood pressure by combining these two.