Figure 5-6. Placement of bladder on upper arm.
Figure 5-7. Placement of bladder on thigh.
(3) Wrap the bladder firmly around the limb. Overlap the fabric and make
sure it will not slip (Velcro to Velcro, fasten buckles, tuck fabric end under bladder, etc.).
(4) If an aneroid gauge is being used, wrap the bladder so that the gauge is
aligned with the palm of the hand if the arm is used and with the kneecap if the thigh is
used. Positioning the gauge in this manner will make it easier for you to read the dial.
l. Locate Pulse. Put the earpieces of the stethoscope in your ears (plastic tips
forward) and use the diaphragm to find the patient's pulse.
(1) If the upper arm is being used, you will use the brachial pulse found just
below the crease on the inside of the elbow (figure 5-8).