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How to take patients blood pressure correctly?

I work in a dental office and we take patient s blood pressure . We want to make sure that all staff members are doing so correctly. Does it make a difference on which arm it is taken? Is it OK to have patient upright in dental chair, but feet not flatly on floor? Legs should not be crossed? Any suggestions would be helpful and appreciated. Thank you, YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Mon, 18 Mar 2013
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Thanks for asking the query,

Measurement of BP is required before carrying out dental extractions , oral surgeries .
Before measuring the BP ensure that clinically validated equipments are purchased and checked regularly.
Before taking the BP calm the patient . Patient should be allowed to rest , sitting for atleast 5 minutes for taking the BP.
Patient should not talk or keep his legs crossed while taking the BP.

The best arm to measure BP is LEFT arm.
If not it should be measured on both the arms and higher value should be considered .

Arm support while taking BP is very important.
The arm should be positioned at the right atrial level and other arm resting on the dental chair irrespective of sitting and supine position of the patient.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Mon, 18 Mar 2013
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