Hi, all! New here but enjoying the boards very much. Question: when taking the BP of a larger pt with a standard size cuff on the forearm, where do you place your stethoscope? At the antecubital space or on the radial pulse? We're expected to do this in clinicals, but haven't been shown how. Just a miss by the instructors, I guess. And do you place the cuff on upside down? Stupid question, I know. But one everyone in my class is struggling with. Thanks!!
Quote from suzanne4
Why do you place it upside down? You just need to have the cuff placed the same way that you would for the upper arm, with the arrow over the artery.
You are using the radial artery......................
oh, i was just saying in general... if you were to place it upside down, why would it matter as long as you have the cuff over the artery?
i've seen some nurses place the cuff upside down because that way the cords don't smack the patient in the face. i've never had to do it myself-- in peds, we always make sure we use the correct size cuff, and its just easier to put the cuff on the regular way, as we use a roll around b/p cuff instead of using cuffs that are attached to the wall at the head of the bed.
Last edit by jeepgirl on Jul 22, '04