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Good technique with validated, automated blood pressure machine use is key to accuracy, according to an updated scientific statement on BP measurement from the American Heart Association (AHA).To ensure accurate measurement of BP, the AHA has issued recommendations on training in auscultatory BP measurement, assessment of knowledge of the doctor, skills of the technician or provider, among others.Among the key recommendations are:The observer must be able to see the manometer dial at eye level without straining and read the sphygmomanometer no further than 3 ft away.The observer must be able to hear the Korotkoff sounds and be able to conduct the cuff deflation, listen to Korotkoff sounds and read the sphygmomanometer simultaneously.Only well maintained validated devices must be used.Observers should also know how to interpret and how and when to communicate BP readings to healthcar...
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