How To Take Blood Pressure

Introduction

Learn how to take blood pressure with our illustrated lessons and interactive patient simulations. In this section we provide a review of taking blood pressure techniques; assessment guides for adults and children; practice drills for the assessment of hypertension in children; and a series of case studies on hypertension and hypotension blood pressure.

Adult Cases

The adult case studies provide training for blood pressure reading using patient examples with our simulator. The adult case study course will teach you how to take blood pressure readings, heart and lung sounds, patient history and test results in order to establish a diagnosis and a treatment plan. The cases presented involve hypertension (high blood pressure), hypotension (low blood pressure), elevation of only systolic or diastolic pressures.

Adult Blood Pressure Cases - Part I
Adult Blood Pressure Cases - Part II

Pediatric Cases

These cases build assessment skills by simulating blood pressure measurement by auscultation. Users will also practice evaluation of hypertension using the NIH's classification tables for children.

Pediatric Blood Pressure Course

Practice Taking Blood Pressure - Simplified

A partner website has created a very easy to use blood pressure cuff simulator. Use it to tune your skills!

Practice Taking Blood Pressure
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Instructions for Case Studies

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In our case studies you will be able to use a blood pressure cuff simulator. Using it is similar to using an actual cuff. Follow these steps:
1) Inflate the cuff by pressing the 'Inflate Cuff' button several times
2) Deflate the cuff by selecting one of the 'Open Valve' settings
3) Close the valve
4) Read the blood pressure values while listening for Korotkoff Sounds
5) Switch between dial and mercury sphygmomanometers
6) Please note that the image to the left is not a working simulation. It is an image for instructions only. Use our cases for the working simulation.

To review basic procedures for taking blood pressure, visit this page How To Take Blood Pressure.