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Given the importance blood pressure plays in maintaining one’s health, proper technique should be emphasized when taking a reading of blood pressure levels. In this activity, correct practice in terms of timing, positioning, equipment, and more will be outlined to improve accurate blood pressure measurements in patients.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to: 

  • Avoid common errors made in executing blood pressure readings
  • Instruct patients/staff on proper measurement of blood pressure readings

Author: Norman Kaplan, MD
Medical Writers: Anne Greenberg, Rick McGuire
Editor-in-Chief: Zalman S. Agus, MD

Original Date of Release: February 2, 2011
Last Review Date: July 1, 2011
Expiration Date: July 1, 2014

Estimated Time to Complete: 30 minutes

Amount of credit: Maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Accreditation: The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit: The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Supported, in part, by educational grants from Abbott Laboratories,  Daiichi Sankyo, Inc., Genentech, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline, Lilly USA LLC, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc.

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