How To Read An Aneroid Sphygmomanometer?

An aneroid sphygmomanometer is a more secured alternate to other blood pressure monitors. Also, this one is dependable and reliable and has been deliberated to be very accurate. It is also becoming more popular compared to mercury BP devices especially in hospitals and medical clinics. This is a device that has been created to be as durable and accurate as any other competitors. The competition can also be a good way for medical industries to work harder and discover new efficient devices in monitoring blood pressures.

How To Read An Aneroid Sphygmomanometer ?

This blood pressure monitor is inexpensive yet works competently which results to a high-quality

diagnostic capability. It consists of a needle that doesn’t discontinue or hamper

performance, an adjustable Velcro cuff, a metal inflation valve and a durable case to protect

the device from any untoward damage.

Follow these simple steps for reading

First, check on the cuff that it is of the proper size. Then, wrap it around the upper

portion of the arm just beyond the elbow. It should fit just right to have an accurate

reading. A smaller or bigger cuff can greatly affect the results.

Take a comfortable seat and rest easy with arms flat on the table. Feet should also be

flat on the floor.

Look for the brachial artery and place the stethoscope over it.

• Now, you can begin to inflate the cuff by squeezing the bulb just approximately 30

points beyond the recent systolic results.

Gradually release the air and listen closely for the throbbing sound of the blood in the

brachial arteries. Take a good look at the number reflected on the device at the first

sound that you hear. This represents the systolic blood pressure.

Again, listen very closely until the sound ceases and immediately check on the number

that appears. This one represents the diastolic blood pressure.

When recording your blood pressure, write down systolic number over diastolic results.

The Need for Measurements

Blood pressures should be done at home especially when a patient is suffering from

hypertension (high blood pressure) or hypotension (low blood pressure). This is to control and

track any problem that may arise in association to blood pressure. An early detection can be

very good, which means these conditions can well be prevented sooner.

An aneroid sphygmomanometer includes its own stethoscope while other models do not

include one. This device may need some skills to function properly but this is considered more

precise than the usual digital devices. A normal blood pressure is usually recorded at 120/80 or

lesser, and a higher result may mean consulting a physician for further diagnosis.

Some Tips for taking measurements

If possible do not eat or drink before you take a scheduled measurement.

Rest for a couple of minutes and avoid extra movements.

Wear loose fitting clothes.

No smoking and alcohol intake prior to taking blood pressure.

Follow the instructions for more effective and accurate reading. Failure to hid the advice may

alter the results, provide inaccuracies and inconsistencies.