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How to Take Blood Pressure: a step by step guide


Reading Blood Pressure & Pulse

Reading the Results
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After the cuff has finished deflating you will see three readings (this may vary according to the model you are using). Blood pressure is measured in millimetres (mm) of mercury (Hg), and pulse rate in beats per minute. The picture shows a top reading of 122, a bottom reading of 71 and a pulse rate of 63 (normal pulse rate at rest is between 60 – 80; average 72)
  1. Check Equipment is Ready
  2. A Look Over the Blood Pressure Machine
  3. Positioning the Arm and Equipment
  4. Taking the Blood Pressure
  5. Reading Blood Pressure & Pulse
  6. Understanding The Blood Pressure Reading

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