Ms. Tachovsky is assistant director of nursing at St. Joseph Hospital and Health Care Center, Lancaster, PA.
Indirect auscultatory blood pressure measurement at two sites in the arm
Article first published online: 1 FEB 2011
Copyright © 1985 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 8, Issue 2, pages 125–129, June 1985
How to Cite
Tachovsky, B. J. (1985), Indirect auscultatory blood pressure measurement at two sites in the arm. Res. Nurs. Health, 8: 125–129. doi: 10.1002/nur.4770080206
- Issue published online: 1 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 1 FEB 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 10 MAR 1984
- Manuscript Received: 17 JAN 1983
The purpose of this research was to describe and compare indirect auscultatory blood pressure measurement at the forearm site with values obtained at the traditional upper arm site. The forearm site has been suggested as an alternative site for more accurate measurement of blood pressure in obese patients. This study explores differences in data obtained at the two sites on 98 female subjects, aged 18 to 25 years, with nonobese arms and without history of cardiovascular-renal disease. Data were analyzed using a paired t test (p < .05). Results indicate that statistically significant differences exist between the sites based on the lower systolic values and higher diastolic values obtained at the forearm site. Additional study is recommended to further clarify differences and to include obese subjects.