The work of doctors can sometimes be more of an art than a science, and measuring blood pressure is no exception. Our students practiced using sphygmomanometers, otherwise known as blood pressure monitors, on each other this morning.
This gave them an opportunity to practice their bedside manner, an essential tool in a doctor’s metaphorical toolbox. Taking blood pressure measurements is one procedure where keeping patients relaxed is quite important, as any anxiety will give readings that are not representative of the patient’s blood pressure outside of a clinical setting. Indeed, ‘white coat hypertension’ is a fairly common phenomena.
Overall, a success!