Liezl Ann T. Apellado,
Honey Ruth G. Banzuela,
Andrea Faye C. Lituco,
Jelly Ann M. Manez,
Carizza Abigail B. Reyes,
Joseph P. Tan Jr.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING
Accurate measurements of blood pressure are essential to classify individuals, to ascertain blood pressure, and to guide management. Nurses are primary responsible in taking correct assessment on the patient, particularly in taking accurate blood pressure measurement, for this can help in identifying client's health status to deliver specific nursing intervention to meet client's needs and to give the right medical intervention needed by the client.
Blood pressure is one of the most important vital sign to consider before giving an intervention to a client. Even blood pressure reading is one of the most important procedures to consider, it is also the most inaccurate procedure to be performed. Obtaining inaccurate blood pressure measurement could lead to fetal medical conditions which could compromise client's health status.
The researcher determined at finding the effect of blood pressure measurements when taken in different arm positions. Specifically, they aimed at finding the effect of blood pressure measurement taken at heart level. More over they sought at finding the BP measurements of the respondents taken 45 degrees below and above the heart level. Finally, they sought to find a significant difference in the blood pressure measurements when taken in different arm positions.
As for the conclusion, the researchers considered blood pressure measurement taken at heart level gives normal readings of the systolic and diastolic per mmHg. This can be supported by the study of Kozier (2007) and Dr. Buckman (2005). Blood pressure measurements taken in different arm positions may gave systolic and diastolic readings that may categories the patient as hypertensive or hypotensive. The Null hypothesis was rejected as significant difference in blood pressure measurement in different arm positions was obtained.