Hey all, just wondering if you ever question the accuracy of the automatic blood pressure machines, especially when compared to manual bp readings.
I understand that cuff fit is important, and that with manual, there may also be user error.
The reason I ask is that I consistently get 130/90 when taken manually at my doctors office, and consistently get 120/80 via automatic machine - I can take this at school (nursing school
), and work (hospital).
People say white coat syndrome but I don't know how much I believe that, considering I do not feel anxious at my doctors office.
Assuming there is a discrepancy between the readings of the automatic / manual not caused by white coat syndrome, could this affect our patients readings as well? (assuming your patients are in hospital, having bp taken automatically.