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Measuring blood pressure using the mercury sphygmomanometer

Tracey Valler-Jones, Kirsty Wedgbury
British Journal of Nursing: BJN 2005 February 10, 14 (3): 145-50
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Automated blood pressure devices have been embraced by clinicians for their convenience and ease of use. However, the pressure to remove mercury-containing medical devices is leading to the demise of the mercury sphygmomanometer and the loss of manual blood pressure measurement skills. The article argues that there is still a place for the mercury sphygmomanometer, particularly when a clinical decision is based on the blood pressure readings. It presents a review of the available literature to explain the rationale for the use of manual sphygmomanometry and gives a step-by-step guide to the procedure with current supporting evidence. There is a brief discussion of special considerations when dealing with certain client groups. Normal blood pressure ranges for adults and children have been included along with a definition of hypertension for both groups.

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