7 Simple Tips to Get Accurate Blood Pressure Reading


Blood pressure is the lateral force that blood exerts on arterial walls. It is affected by the force of ventricular contractions, arterial wall elasticity, peripheral vascular resistance, blood volume, and viscosity. Measuring the blood pressure consists of systolic and diastolic pressure readings.

One of the many functions of the nurse is to assess and monitor the condition of the patient. The nurse is primarily tasked in obtaining the vital signs of a patient–which includes blood pressure reading. The procedure on how to obtain a reading is almost inbred in every nurse, but how does one obtain an accurate blood pressure? A video by the American Medical Association and The Johns Hopkins University lists seven simple tips on how to get an accurate blood pressure reading.


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Matt Vera is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science in nursing since 2009 and is currently working as a full-time writer and editor for Nurseslabs. During his time as a student, he knows how frustrating it is to cram on difficult nursing topics. Finding help online is nearly impossible. His situation drove his passion for helping student nurses by creating content and lectures that are easy to digest. Knowing how valuable nurses are in delivering quality healthcare but limited in number, he wants to educate and inspire nursing students. As a nurse educator since 2010, his goal in Nurseslabs is to simplify the learning process, break down complicated topics, help motivate learners, and look for unique ways of assisting students in mastering core nursing concepts effectively.

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