Blood Pressure Measurement Pre-test
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Multiple Choice (select correct answer):

1. Normal blood pressure in adults (age 18 or older) is:

2. The Korotkoff phase used to determine diastolic pressure in adults is:

3. Which of the following can cause sounds to be heard down to zero?

4. A cuff with a bladder too small for the screenee's arm will result in:

5. If the cuff is applied too loosely, the pressure reading will be:

6. Common causes of errors in blood pressure measurement include:

7. Some factors that can alter blood pressure are:

8. Maximum Inflation Level refers to:

9. When using the Auscultatory-Palpatory technique of blood pressure measurement, the pressure in the cuff should be raised:

10. While taking blood pressure, the first sound heard through the stethoscope is at 150 mmHg and sounds are heard from 150 until the last sound is heard at 78 mmHg.  What is the screenee's blood pressure?

11. While taking a blood pressure, the screener is not sure whether the first sounds were heard at 170 mmHg.  What action should be taken?

12. When performing the Auscultatory-Palpatory technique of blood pressure measurement, you feel the radial pulse disappear at 176 mmHg.  What should you do next?

13. Which of the following will increase the loudness of the Korotkoff sounds?

14. The screenee, a 25-year old white male, has just run up five flights of stairs - what action should be taken?

15. If the cuff is deflated too rapidly, which of the following might happen?

True or False (select the correct answer):

1. To avoid incorrectly assessing the systolic blood pressure due to the auscultatory gap, the auscultatory-palpatory (AP) technique of blood pressure measurement should always be used.

2. A diagnosis of hypertension (high blood pressure) cannot be made from one blood pressure reading.

3. A high diastolic blood pressure indicates more of a risk for complications (in most people, especially those over age 55) than a high systolic.

4. You should not have your blood pressure checked immediately after smoking.

5. If the initial blood pressure reading is greater than or equal to 120/80, two more readings should be taken.

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