Measuring blood pressure using an automated sphygmomanometer.

Wedgbury, K. and Valler-Jones, T. (2008) Measuring blood pressure using an automated sphygmomanometer. British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing), 17 (11). pp. 714-718. ISSN 09660461 (ISSN)

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Abstract

There has been increasing pressure to remove medical devices containing mercury from clinical areas, which is leading to the demise of the mercury sphygmomanometer. As a result, automated blood pressure devices have been embraced by clinicians for their convenience and ease of use. However, it is essential that clinicians are aware of their limitations and are able to select the correct sphygmomanometer dependent upon the clinical need. It is a recommendation of the Independent Advisory Group that auscultation, as a method of determining blood pressure, should continue to be taught to healthcare professionals. Nevertheless, the reality is that in most clinical areas the automated sphygmomanometer is readily available and appears to be the device of choice. Therefore, where treatment protocols are based on accurate blood pressure readings, the clinician must ensure that the equipment used is appropriate for that application.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: article, automation, blood pressure measurement, human, instrumentation, nursing, sphygmomanometer, Automation, Blood Pressure Determination, Humans, Sphygmomanometers
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Divisions: UoA Collections > UoA 03: Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing & Pharmacy
Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2017 15:59
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2017 15:59
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2405

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