Practical skills

How to measure blood pressure using a manual device

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 01 hr
  • Last updated: 2020
  • Link to RCNi portfolio

This practical learning module describes how to measure blood pressure (BP) manually using an aneroid sphygmomanometer. Manual BP measurement techniques and the patient and environmental factors that may affect readings and so compromise care are highlighted.

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Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to www.rcn.org.uk/covid-19/rcn-position

Melanie Rushton, Adult lecturer, University of Salford, Manchester, England.
Joyce Smith, Adult lecturer, University of Salford, Manchester, England.


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