Using Your Blood Pressure Monitor

Purpose of a Blood Pressure (BP) Monitor

A blood pressure monitor measures two pressures: systolic, and diastolic. Systolic pressure is higher, occurring when your heart beats and pushes blood through the arteries, and diastolic pressure is measured when your heart is resting and filling with blood.  

5 Simple Steps to Take Your First Reading 

  1. Open the device box and remove contents.
  2. Remove back cover of BP Monitor and insert all four batteries. Return cover by sliding back on the device.
  3. Plug the connector on the cuff tube into the left side of the BP Monitor. You are now ready to take a reading!
  4. Slide the cuff up your arm, just above your elbow.
  5. Press the Start/Stop button on your BP Monitor to take the reading. The device will show your reading on the screen, then it will attempt to transmit the reading to your doctor. If the reading transmits successfully, the screen will display OK/oH.

Tips for Putting on the Cuff

  • Make a loose loop with the cuff with velcro and metal bar on the outside by pushing one end of the cuff under the metal bar.
  • Slip the cuff up your arm with bottom of cuff about 1/2” above your elbow.
  • The cuff should be fastened so that two fingers can fit under the cuff.  
  • The tube should be straight and pointed down the arm.

Tips for Taking a Reading

  • Ensure you are relaxed and comfortably seated.
  • Sit in a chair with your legs uncrossed and feet flat on the floor.
  • Sit with your back and arm being supported.