How To Use Digital Blood Pressure Monitor
When using a digital blood pressure monitor, remember the following step-by-step guide:
30 Minutes Before, Relax
Half an hour before checking your BP, take a break. Do not perform any physical activity, smoke, or drink caffeinated beverages. Also, go to the bathroom to empty your bladder.
Finally, 5 minutes before the reading, be still.
Assume the Correct Position
Sit on a chair with your back straight. You should be well-supported. Whenever possible, use a dining chair and not the sofa. Make sure that your feet are flat on the ground.
Wear the Cuff Correctly
Place your arm on a flat, sturdy surface, like a table. Make sure that the upper arm is at the heart’s level.
Wear the cuff snuggly on your bare arm – it shouldn’t be too tight, but also not loose. You should only be able to insert two fingers on the top edge of the cuff.
Also, the bottom of the cuff should be about 1 inch above the elbow bend, and the tube must sit directly in the front center of the arm.