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CPD module: Diagnostics

This module looks at blood pressure monitoring.

After completing this module, you should be more aware of:

  • the expectation on community pharmacy to be providing blood pressure readings;
  • how to find the brachial artery;
  • the need for standardising the process for measuring blood pressure in a clinical setting;
  • factors which may lead to an incorrect measurement;
  • core principles to improve the accuracy of a blood pressure measurement in the clinic;
  • the British and Irish Hypertensive Society guidelines for taking blood pressure measurements;
  • differences in techniques between automated and manual readings;
  • the BIHS role in validating and recommending BP monitors;
  • expected frequency for recalibrating BP monitors;
  • the potential advantages of 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring;
  • the ways cuffless monitors work and views on their accuracy;
  • how pulse oximeters work and factors that can affect their accuracy.


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