Hand grasping the sphygmomanometer dial.

Here's why it matters


Imagine it's your first time taking a blood pressure measurement manually. 


You're inflating and deflating the cuff, listening for tapping sounds, watching the needle movement, and recalling the line values on the dial. You know that the procedure should take approximately one minute to complete and realize that the potential for patient discomfort and inaccurate readings increases with time. Your nervousness begins to show.


This is a scenario that many new students face when learning how to take manual blood pressure measurements. It can be an overwhelming experience!

Here's a solution


Let's isolate the skills and focus on mastering the line values on the dial. When you improve your speed in identifying line values, you'll also improve the overall time it takes to obtain a blood pressure reading. 


Play the Speed Dial game to improve your speed, accuracy, and confidence with identifying line values. Remember, the line values increase in a clockwise direction and increment by 2 mmHg. Give it a try!

Keep going!


Congratulations on completing one of several activities in our Blood Pressure Readings module. Did you do well with the activity? If not, don't worry! You'll master the necessary skills quickly as you complete the lessons in the module. 

The step-by-step lessons and engaging activities will help you:  

  • Identify values on the sphygmomanometer dial
  • Listen to Korotkoff sounds to determine blood pressure readings
  • Develop speed with manual blood pressure readings

You can find the Blood Pressure Readings module and others in our flagship course—The Ultimate Head Start in Healthcare Career Training.

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Carla's testimonial - It is easy to follow, interactive, and gives you the space to practice.
Tracie's testimonial - This year with COVID, I did not know how I was going to teach this skill to my students who are learning from home (online). I was so luck to have found this course! It is excellent!
Malaci's testimonial - I finished CNA class today and start clinicals in the morning. I feel so much better now.