proper bp monitoring technique

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Re : proper bp monitoring technique

Postby taras mom » Fri Jun 14, 637985 1:33 am

If you're sitting upright and the nurse has the cuff around your upper arm, that's basically heart level (usually they have to hold it up a bit to keep the stethoscope in place anyway). If you're in the hospital just for monitoring or some non-bp-related reason, yes, they should be taking your bp with you sitting upright. However, if you're there because your bp is severely elevated and they're struggling to keep it down, don't be surprised if they measure it with you lying down. At that point, keeping it as low as possible is more important than finding out how high it goes when you sit up.

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Re : proper bp monitoring technique

Postby jessicahtx » Mon Jun 03, 637985 2:53 am

Great info. So I calibrated my auto monitor to the doctor's office manual one. I know I am in the right size cuff. My machine was only a couple points higher on both systolic and diastolic. I am on bed rest, so what I have been doing is walking like 12 feet to my desk, sitting there for about 5 minutes and then taking my pressure with my left arm elevated to heart level. I hope that gives me the most accurate reading.

If/when I go back to the hospital, I guess I should just insist that my vitals be taken upright with my feet on the floor? And should I ask the nurse to actually HOLD my arm up to heart level?

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Re : proper bp monitoring technique

Postby macksmommy » Thu May 23, 637985 11:51 pm

Your arm should be level with your heart. Make sure not to move your arm at all while it is taking your BP, that can throw your results off also. Those machines can be finicky. I take mine with a manual cuff, but me and my husband both are RN's.

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Re : proper bp monitoring technique

Postby rachel a » Thu May 23, 637985 1:38 pm

http://www.preeclampsia.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=321

Feet flat on the floor, with the arm cuff the same level as your heart.

Yes, the hospital did me that way, too. Drove me nuts. They'd get a reading in the 140/80s and assume all was fine and dandy, then I'd move around, the reading would get high and they'd come running in at me telling me "left side, left side, lay down."

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proper bp monitoring technique

Postby jessicahtx » Thu May 23, 637985 1:06 pm

I am sure this has been asked before, but I couldn't find it in the archives. I have an OMRON digital bp monitor. If I am on bedrest (But am allowed to sit up, go to bathroom, walk around the house A LITTLE BIT), how should I take my pressure? My doctor said it is best to take sitting up. Can I take it sitting up in bed with my feet still in the bed? Is it more accurate to put my feet on the floor? Sit at a desk for a couple minutes so my arm is above my heart?

In the hospital they mainly took my bp while I was lying down mostly on my left side. My pressures were uncharacteristically low for me. One was 108/50! At home I usually run 120's over 70's.

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