Accurate measurement of blood pressure is important as it will provide more exact results for the patient which is vital in the prevention and treatment of blood-pressure related diseases. Too small/too large/incorrect placement of a cuff will provide inaccurate readings.
• Have the patient rest in a chair for about 5 minutes before taking the measurement
• Make certain the blood pressure cuff is the correct size for the patient (the cuff should encircle 80% of the patient’s arm – use the index line to determine the range)
• Ask the patient to sit in a chair with their back supported and feet flat on the floor
• The patient’s arm should be supported and the elbow at heart level
• The cuff should be placed on bare skin and not over a shirt/sweater
• The cuff should be positioned over the patient’s upper arm
• The patient should not talk during the measurement
• Inflate the cuff to 30 mm Hg above the point where the radial pulse disappears
• Deflate the cuff 2mm to 3mm Hg per second
• Do NOT re-inflate the cuff during the process
• If you need to take the blood pressure again, you need to wait at least 2 minutes apart
• If the reading is high (>140/90 , re-check the blood pressure at the end of the visit and document the new reading
• CPT II Codes:
o Systolic <130 – 3074F
o Systolic 130-139 – 3075F
o Systolic >140 – 3077F
o Diastolic <80 – 3078F
o Diastolic 80-89 – 3079F
o Diastolic >90 – 3080F
Sources: www.heart.org Approved Quality Committee – 1/8/2020
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