While obtaining a patient's blood pressure, the nurse takes 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.

•The other three options are not needed for accuracy.

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