How do you know what size blood pressure cuff to use?

Read the measurement on the tape measure in inches. A circumference of 7 to 9 inches requires a small adult sized cuff. A regular, or standard sized cuff, is needed if the arm circumference measures 9 to 13 inches. A large adult cuff should be used if the measurement is 13 to 17 inches.
A.

How tight should you put a blood pressure cuff on?

Wrap the cuff around your arm so it's snug but not too tight. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to slip one finger under the cuff. Place the cuff against your skin, not over your clothing. The bottom of the cuff should be about one inch above the bend, or crease, in your elbow.
  • What factors affect blood pressure readings?

    Here are 10 factors that can temporarily affect the blood pressure measurement:
    • Blood pressure cuff is too small or too big.
    • Placing the blood pressure cuff over clothing.
    • Resting 3-5 minutes prior measurement.
    • Arm Unsupported.
    • Emotional State.
    • Talking.
    • Smoking.
    • Alcohol/Caffeine.
  • How do you measure blood pressure cuff size?

    Procedures. To begin blood pressure measurement, use a properly sized blood pressure cuff. The length of the cuff's bladder should be at least equal to 80% of the circumference of the upper arm. Wrap the cuff around the upper arm with the cuff's lower edge one inch above the antecubital fossa.
  • Can you take your blood pressure on your forearm?

    Nurses often find that it is faster and easier to take a forearm blood pressure than to search for a larger cuff. Studies have shown that forearm blood pressures generally run 3.6/2.1 mm Hg higher than upper arm blood pressures.
B.

What is the right size blood pressure cuff?

CUFF SIZE AND PLACEMENT. The most common error in blood pressure measurement is use of inappropriate cuff size. Considerable overestimation can occur if the cuff is too small. The bladder length recommended by the AHA is 80 percent of the patient's arm circumference, and the ideal width is at least 40 percent.
  • What will happen if you use a blood pressure cuff that is too small?

    Blood Pressure Cuff is too Small1,3,4 - It is extremely important to make sure the proper size blood pressure cuff is used on your upper arm when taking a measurement. Studies have shown that using too small of a blood pressure cuff can cause a patient's systolic blood pressure measurement to increase 10 to 40 mmHg.
  • Can crossing your legs raise your blood pressure?

    Innocent Habits That Can Hurt Your Health. Sitting with legs crossed at the knee can bump up blood pressure, according to a study published in Blood Pressure Monitoring. Leg crossing increased systolic blood pressure nearly 7 percent and diastolic by 2 percent.
  • What factors affect blood pressure readings?

    Here are 10 factors that can temporarily affect the blood pressure measurement:
    • Blood pressure cuff is too small or too big.
    • Placing the blood pressure cuff over clothing.
    • Resting 3-5 minutes prior measurement.
    • Arm Unsupported.
    • Emotional State.
    • Talking.
    • Smoking.
    • Alcohol/Caffeine.

Updated: 2nd October 2019

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