Littmann Classic III Navy (5622) & Aneroid Sphygo
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Get More Accurate Blood Pressure Readings with the Affordable Littmann Classic III Navy & Aneroid Sphygmomanometer
Even though electronic sphygmomanometers are a more common sight in hospitals and doctor surgeries, aneroid sphygmomanometers prove to be more accurate in many cases. However, there is a reason why not every clinician uses an aneroid sphygmomanometer, since this type of blood pressure meter requires an experienced clinician to operate it.
Want to learn more about the aneroid sphygmomanometer and its use? Please read the detailed information provided to you by the team at Mentone Educational.
How to Use an Aneroid Sphygmomanometer?
Before you use an aneroid sphygmomanometer, you will also need a stethoscope; this because both items are used in conjunction with one another during a physical examination. Still, if you acquire this bundle, you have all your bases covered.
To start taking a patient’s blood pressure with an aneroid sphygmomanometer, determine the blood pressure cuff to be used. Ensure the blood pressure cuff is a good fit for the patient in question and should be equal to 80% of the circumference of the patient’s arm. Once you have determined the appropriate size, wrap the cuff around the upper arm.
When the patient’s cuff is in place, put the bell of the 3M Littmann Classic III Stethoscope over the brachial artery, which should be situated right underneath the edge of the cuff. If you experience problems using the bell, you could use the diaphragm in certain instances.
Inflate the cuff to 180mmHg. Then, release the air at a reasonable pace of 3mm of air per second. Listen with your stethoscope while paying attention to the dial or the gauge of the sphygmomanometer. When hearing the first sound, you have determined the patient’s systolic pressure. Once that sound disappears, you have found the patient’s diastolic pressure.
For added accuracy, it is advised to record the measurements of both patient’s arms. One should also note down the patient’s position, the arm used, and even the cuff size.
When a patient displays an elevated blood pressure, it can be advised to take the patient’s blood pressure two more times. It is also advised to wait a couple of minutes before taking the patient’s blood pressure again.
Does an Aneroid Sphygmomanometer Require Calibration?
Most aneroid sphygmomanometers will require some calibration, especially if they are used frequently. Fortunately, the calibration process of this type of blood pressure meter is quite straightforward.
To calibrate an aneroid sphygmomanometer properly, a clinician must ensure the dial stands precisely on zero. To do this, the clinician can turn the valve at the bottom of the gauge until the dial stands on zero. Various tutorial videos on how to do this can be found online, but you can also request some assistance from a member of the Mentone Educational team.
Does One Need to Practice with an Aneroid Sphygmomanometer?
Clinicians who are used to an electronic blood pressure meter should practice with the aneroid sphygmomanometer before using it on a patient. Accurate readings are important for patients, so ensure you have mastered the aneroid sphygmomanometer before you use it in your clinic or doctor surgery.
What Are the Different Types of Sphygmomanometers?
There are three types of sphygmomanometers, commonly used in medical settings. These types of sphygmomanometers are mercury, aneroid, and digital. The latter is the version of sphygmomanometer you will encounter most often in doctor surgeries and hospitals.
Which Stethoscope to Use with an Aneroid Sphygmomanometer?
Most stethoscopes can be used with an aneroid sphygmomanometer, yet the importance of outstanding auscultation cannot be underestimated here. Remember, an accurate reading depends on perceiving the knocking sound during an examination, so a stethoscope with poor acoustics capabilities cannot provide a good reading.
Fortunately, the stethoscope that has been included inside this stethoscope & sphygmomanometer bundle has outstanding acoustic capabilities. The Littmann brand delivers some of the finest stethoscopes in the world, including their 3M Littmann Classic III Stethoscope.
Of course, you are not obligated to purchase this bundle if you only need one out of two for blood pressure measurement. For example, you may already own an aneroid sphygmomanometer, in which case you can purchase one of our Littmann Classic III Stethoscopes separately. However, if you do require both items, one of our bundles could prove more cost-effective.
Can Mentone Educational Provide Me with Assistance to Choose a Sphygmomanometer and a Stethoscope?
Mentone Educational employs highly qualified staff with extensive knowledge on stethoscopes and sphygmomanometers. Thus, if you need some assistance selecting the right equipment for your requirements, you can always contact our team via telephone, email or chat.
Clinicians can also visit the Mentone Educational showroom and get familiar with our range of stethoscopes and sphygmomanometers in person. Our team will be more than happy to provide you with information as well as demonstrations of our outstanding equipment.
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