Taking Blood Pressure by Auscultation


Welcome to our blood pressure training guide. In this section we provide a review of how to take blood pressure; 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.

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Blood Pressure Simulator

Our blood pressure simulator allows you to practice reading blood pressure. In each lesson, you will be able to:
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

Adult Cases

Our case studies provide training for assessing blood pressure using our simulator. The adult case study course will teach you how to obtain 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 Course - Part I

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

Quick Links

New to taking blood pressure? Use the button below to review then fundamentals of taking blood pressure.

Taking Blood Pressure Procedure