When obtaining a patient's blood pressure, the nurse should take which of the following steps to ensure accuracy?


•When obtaining a blood pressure, the nurse should palpate the radial or brachial artery while inflating the cuff. When the pulse disappears, inflate the cuff with an additional 30 mm Hg or more. This prevents the failure to recognize an auscultatory gap.

•Have the patient sit up with both feet flat on the floor and the arm out level with their chest for the reading. Remove any constricting clothing from the arm.

•The other three options are not needed for accuracy.

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