- Begin by measuring the patient’s mid upper arm circumference.
- Using the sizing chart below, determine what size cuff should be used based on the measurement reading.
If a patient’s cm measurement is overlapping between sizes, default to the larger cuff if width is appropriate.
- Place the artery mark located on the cuff over the patient’s brachial artery.
- Wrap the cuff snugly and securely, allowing space for two fingers to fit between patient and cuff.
COMMON SOURCES OF ERROR IN BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING¹
The American Heart Association recommends that a cuff bladder width be 40% of the arm circumference and that a cuff bladder length be 80% of the arm circumference.¹
- Pickering, T., et al. Recommendations for Blood Pressure Measurement in Humans: An AHA Scientific Statement from the Council on High Blood Pressure Research Professional and Public Education Subcommittee. Hypertension 45, 142-161 (2005).
- Manning, D.M., et al. Miscuffing: Inappropriate blood pressure cuff application. Circulation 68(4), 763-6 (1983).