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: Approved Quality Committee – 1/8/2020

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