I need to know how you take blood pressure. I know that you place your fingers on your neck or wrist or another place but how do you write the results( or a science project). Please help! All answers appreciated.
blood pressure is different than heart pulse.
heart pulse is how many times your heart beats in one min. you can find this by locating the pulse right below the back of your jaw on your neck. or you can locate it on your wrist (near the thumb side of your palm)
you can calculate the blood pressure by getting a cuff and a stethoscope but if you have not done blood pressure before, it might be a little complicated. there are machines, usually in walmart, walgreens, cvs that take your blood pressure
I think you mean pulse, not blood pressure. In order to measure blood pressure you need the equipment to do it. To feel a pulse, which can only give you information on rate and volume, you find an accepted pulse point where an artery passes over a bone. This assures that when you place your 2nd, 3rd and 4th fingers over the artery, the bone beneath will allow you to feel the pulses that correspond to contractions of the heart. The most common site to measure a pulse is over the radial artery in the wrist. It is in line with the base of your thumb, in the wrist. You will need a watch with a second hand to count the pulsations for a full minute. This count represents the pulse rate.
You will also note how it feels…..bounding, full, thready, weak, irregular or regular.
You will write it as radial P (pulse) 70 bpm (beats per minute) and add additional information about the quality (irregular, bounding, etc)
You may be writing it in a sentence such as “Radial pulse full and regular at 70 bpm”. You may also include whether or not it has remained consistent over time by including the term “stable”.
A carotid pulse, felt over the carotid artery in the neck, is seldom measured except when you’ve encountered an unconscious person in an emergency situation where your main concern is whether blood is still being pumped to the brain, and in determining whether or not to begin CPR.
If you do mean blood pressure, then you need a stethoscope and sphygomanometer to measure it. A cuff will be wrapped over the upper arm just above the elbow and inflated, which creates a tourniquet effect, while the stethoscope is placed over the brachial artery in the crook of the elbow. The cuff is then slowly deflated while you listen for a pulsating sound from the artery. The cuff has obliterated the pulse when fully inflated, and as it is deflated, the pulse resumes. There is a gauge you watch as you deflate the cuff. This gauge gives a reading of the pressure in mmHg, or millimeters of mercury.
So, as it deflates, when the first sound is heard, you note the number on the gauge. You continue to deflate the cuff, and when you cease to hear the pulse, you note the number on the gauge.
This gives you two numbers to record.
The first one will be the higher number, called the systolic blood pressure. It measures pressure in the artery during a heart contraction.
The second number will be lower. It is called the diastolic blood pressure, and measures the pressure in an artery when the heart is at rest between contractions.
You record it as BP or b/p 120/80 mmHg, with the number on the left being systolic, and the one on the right being diastolic.
You might also write this in a sentence as, “blood pressure 120 mmHg systolic and 70 mmHg diastolic, left arm, or left brachial artery, etc.