How to Put on a Blood Pressure Cuff

How to Put on a Blood Pressure Cuff

Learn how to put on a blood pressure cuff to take blood pressure readings. These are general instructions. Please refer to your specific blood pressure monitor instructions first. Please note only medical personnel are qualified to analyze blood pressure readings. Always consult with your physician.  

How to Put on a Blood Pressure Cuff

1. Make sure you are using a properly sized cuff. The bladder length should be about 80% of the circumference of the upper arm and width about 40% of the circumference.

2. Wrap the cuff around the upper arm. The lower edge should be one inch above the antecubital fossa (elbow pit) as shown below. It should be snug.

Cuff Placement

 3. Secure the cuff. Pull the end of the cuff to check if it is evenly tight over the upper arm. Your skin should not pinch when it inflates.

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Sources:

BV Medical. 2022.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2018.
Symptoms, Diagnosis & Monitoring of High Blood Pressure. American Heart Association. 2011.