BPSim™ Featured in the Pocket Nurse® SimTalk Blog™
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is sometimes referred to as the “silent killer,” because it often has no symptoms, however it can lead to serious health conditions such as a stroke, heart failure, or sudden death. As hypertension is typically diagnosed as part of a doctor visit, it is crucial for blood pressure to be read as accurately as possible.
Blood pressure differs from patient to patient, and each heart beats at a different speed and volume, so it is not possible for blood pressure machines to be completely accurate for every patient. Teaching the basics of taking a manual blood pressure reading, utilizing a traditional blood pressure cuff and a stethoscope, is increasingly important.
When learners have the opportunity to learn through simulation experience and education before working with a live patient, they have strengthened their confidence and knowledge, while mitigating room for error.