The measurement of blood pressure is important in the diagnosis and monitoring of a wide range of clinical conditions. In this document we review the advantages and disadvantages of mercury, aneroid, electronic manual sphygmomanometers and automated blood pressure measuring devices. This should help to ensure the most appropriate technology is selected for use.
The topics covered are:
Types of blood pressure measurement equipment
Sources of error and other issues
Purchase, training and maintenance
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First published 2006. Revised and reissued September 2012.