EMS Tips

Top Tips: Blood Pressure #VitalSigns

1. Bare the patient’s arm, including the upper arm that will be wrapped by the cuff

2. Support the weight of the patient’s arm with your hand underneath their elbow

3. Use the same hand to hold the diaphragm of the stethoscope on the arm

4. Actually hold the stethoscope over the brachial artery rather than just some spot

5. Don’t look at the sphygmomanometer until you hear something in your stethoscope

6. Assess blood pressure after assessing pulse to have an idea of the rhythm rate and regularity

7. Announce the blood pressure to the patient and your partner.

What are your top tips on blood pressure assessment? 

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.