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Recommendations for Blood Pressure Determination by Sphygmomanometry

Edward D. Frohlich, MD
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Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation
New Orleans, Louisiana


Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(8):612. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-109-8-612
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How many times each day does the average internist take a patient's blood pressure? How many more times each day does the internist review blood pressure measurements obtained by others? More likely than not the readings appear as follows: 120/60, 120/80, 140/90, 160/110, and so on. The digit preference by most physicians and members of the allied health team usually is a "0." Can it actually be that our measurements are only reliable to the nearest 10 mm Hg? Clearly, we insist on a better standard error from our routine laboratory studies and reports. The error of 10 mm Hg

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