Blood pressure measurement

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Blood pressure measurement is an essential clinical skill for all nurses. However, if the procedure is not followed carefully there is potential for error that can adversely affect patient management. Nurses performing blood pressure measurement should be appropriately trained and updated on the procedure and the correct use of equipment. This article outlines the procedure for measuring blood pressure using a conventional mercury or aneroid sphygmomanometer and an electronic blood pressure monitor. It also identifies potential sources of error.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-8
Number of pages4
JournalNursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987)
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 16 Feb 2008


  • Blood Pressure
  • Blood Pressure Monitoring, Ambulatory
  • Clinical Competence
  • Humans
  • Hypertension/diagnosis
  • Hypotension/diagnosis
  • Monitoring, Physiologic
  • Nurses
  • United Kingdom


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