Blood pressure is caused by the resistance blood encounters as it moves through blood vessels. Blood pressure is commonly recorded by measuring both systolic and diastolic pressures. Systolic pressure is the point of the highest pressure when the ventricles are contracting and pressure is highest in the arteries. Diastolic pressure is when the ventricles are relaxed and the semilunar valves are closed. The average systolic pressure is 120 millimeters of mercury. The average diastolic pressure is 70 to 80 millimeters of mercury.
In this course we provide a review of how to take blood pressure; assessment guides for adults and children; practice drills for the assessment of hypertension in children; and a series of case studies on hypertension and hypotension blood pressure.
Improve your blood pressure measurement skills with the new Achieving Accuracy: BP Measurement e-Learning module. High-quality patient care is the top priority for healthcare professionals (HCPs), and re-training is vital to improving accuracy in blood pressure (BP) measurement. High BP is a leading risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. Identifying and treating High BP is key to improving patients’ cardiovascular health.
Guidelines recommend all HCPs should periodically re-train on BP measurement techniques to ensure you consistently measure BP accurately every time.