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.
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.
- The proper cuff and bladder size used in the assessment of blood pressure is important for accurate measurement. The use of a cuff that is too short and narrow for a given arm results in erroneously high blood pressure measurement. Use of a cuff that is too large results in erroneously low blood pressure measures.
- 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.
- The artery mark indicates proper cuff positioning. Place the cuff over the bare upper arm with the artery mark positioned directly over the brachial artery. The bottom edge of the cuff should be positioned approximately one inch (2-3 cm) above the antecubital fold.
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.
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Updated: 2nd October 2019