Nurses and Sphygomomanometers

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

Yes we are all trained to do it:) If it is their clinic policy to do it with the automatic machine, then that is what they do. I am not sure why they wouldn’t do it manually if you ask, what is their response when you ask.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

Oh and to add, most of the people that bring you back to a room are not RNs or LPNs, most are medical assistants or people that the clinic train themselves (but they too should be trained to do a manual BP). 

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@ieatunicorns:  it depends on where OP is. i know that in my primary care doctor’s office, she uses nurses, not assistants to do all of the intake things. i know this, because i asked.

OP, if you ask for someone to do it manually, they will oblige. or at least, they should.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@AB Bride:  You have the right to have another medical professional there. A few years ago most clinics starting using other staff than nurses that can “collect information” and then give that information to a nurse or doctor in the clinic. It is a money saving meassure.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

@colorofmyheart:  Hopefully your clinic stays that way. It is a huge trend in health care, although it seems that patient and provider satisfaction has gone down with this practice. Although my MD has had the same MA for about 5 years and she is great, so we have been lucky.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Nurses are definitely trained to manually take blood pressure. I was even required to buy my own cuff in nursing school. Unless your clinic has a weird policy, I would assume it’s not a nurse you meet with first.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Weird… I’ve never had my blood pressure taken any other way but manually.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

At Mayo Clinic (one of the best in the world) they use an automated BP machine and it takes your pressure 5 times, then averages them. Human error can be huge. I have hypertension so I pay a good deal of attention to how people take my blood pressure, and often times they aren’t even doing it correctly (not resting, not supporting the arm, cuff not fitted properly, etc.). But you can always ask your doctor to retake it.

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