BP measurement: practice without evidence. Are we teaching it wrong?
Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation
Place of Publication
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science
School of Medical and Health Sciences
We would like to throw down the gauntlet or in this case the blood pressure cuff. Blood pressure (BP) assessment is reportedly the most frequently done of the vital sign measurements in healthcare. The importance of accuracy in BP measurements is well recognised (Rabbia et al. 2013). Measuring BP is usually taught to student nurses early in their education program. Mastering the skills required to measure BP with accuracy is demanding for nursing students. Taking a BP requires the development of new psychomotor skills, an understanding of what they are measuring and an ability to achieve a level of accuracy.