Chapter 5: Blood Pressure

Test Yourself: List in the Correct Order

List the steps below in the correct order for each of the following techniques. Write your list on a piece of paper.

Two-step blood pressure technique

  • Now, you can start blood pressure so place the bell of the cleansed stethoscope over the brachial artery using a light touch and complete seal.
  • Open the valve slightly.
  • Deflate the cuff quickly.
  • Palpate the radial or brachial artery, inflate the blood pressure cuff until the pulse is no longer felt, and then continue to inflate 20–30 mm Hg more:  this is the maximum pressure inflation.
  • Inflate the cuff to the maximum pressure inflation number.
  • Deflate the cuff slowly and evenly at about 2 mm Hg per second.
  • Note the points at which you hear the first appearance of Korotkoff sound (systolic blood pressure) and the last Korotkoff sound before it goes silent (diastolic blood pressure).

One-step blood pressure technique

  • Place the bell of the cleansed stethoscope over the brachial artery using a light touch, but with an airtight seal.
  • Open the valve slightly.
  • Palpate the radial or brachial artery, inflate the blood pressure cuff until the pulse is no longer felt, and then continue to inflate 20–30 mmHg more.
  • Deflate the cuff slowly and evenly at about 2 mm Hg per second.
  • Note the points at which you hear the first appearance of Korotkoff sound (systolic blood pressure) and the last Korotkoff sound before it goes silent (diastolic blood pressure).
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