Jan 202012

There’s all sorts of things they make us do in school which just don’t happen once you make the transition to the real world. The instructors routinely make us do a 2 step blood pressure which starts by palpating the radial pulse and then inflating the cuff until said pulse is obliterated. The point of doing things this ways is to find a baseline, but… after doing this procedure more times than I can count, I’ve found the method to be less than accurate (the actual systolic is always 10mmHg or more higher).. it doubles the amount of time required to do vitals & is truly a waste of time (a precious commodity in most hospitals). Regardless, I do the 2 step process each time with a big ol smile on my face. I am king of jumping thru fiery hoops!