The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has released a Measuring Blood Pressure - Top Ten Tips leaflet.
The tips include ensuring that only validated and regularly calibrated blood pressure monitors are purchased and used to assess blood pressure, having available and using correctly sized cuffs and supporting the arm during measurement to assure accuracy.
The recently published NICE Hypertension Guideline also stresses the need for accurate assessment of blood pressure. Implementing these tips has the potential to improve the accuracy of blood pressure measurements. This could mean there will be improvements in the diagnosis of hypertension and in the drug treatment of these patients.
Action: All clinicians who measure blood pressure should read this leaflet and ensure that their practice involves using as many of these tips as possible.