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Offline GrammaBear

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Pet peeve...
« on: 08 November 2016, 11:56:29 PM »
Can I ask a question of you people that live in the UK?  When you go to the doctor's office for a check-up, does the nurse take your blood pressure each time?  And if she does take your blood pressure, does she use a manual cuff where they have to pump it up to a certain point before they can hear your heart beat OR does the nurse use one of these new fangled automatic blood pressure machines they carry around in their pockets that pumps the cuff automatically and it feels like your dang arm is being squeezed to pieces?  Every time they use one of those automatic cuffs, my blood pressure hits the roof.  Then I get the "lecture" about my blood pressure being so high and I should really watch my salt intake.  They never ask me which I want - a manual or an automatic cuff?  It is just a real pet peeve of mine. :(
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Offline Lucy

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Re: Pet peeve...
« Reply #1 on: 09 November 2016, 12:12:37 AM »
My dr uses the manual one with the stethescope, never been asked which. Havent noticed any difference with the automatic one though.
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Offline nytquill17

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Re: Pet peeve...
« Reply #2 on: 09 November 2016, 01:56:58 AM »
I've had both, depends which doctor/nurse I see. I think the automatic ones are coming into vogue though.

If the automatic cuff hurts so much it's driving your BP up, then say so while you've got the cuff on! "OW OW OW it's hurting me please take it off!" If possible, say so beforehand - look, this cuff always hurts my arm so much that it actually affects my BP reading; please use a manual cuff or else I must refuse to allow you to take my BP today. (In the US, it is your legal right as a patient to refuse any medical treatment or procedure that you wish).
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Offline Venomous

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Re: Pet peeve...
« Reply #3 on: 09 November 2016, 08:48:55 AM »
I haven't seen a manual one in years and the auto cuff gets to the point where my arm feels like it'll explode and I'm about to tear it off before it eases!
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Offline himtoo

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Re: Pet peeve...
« Reply #4 on: 09 November 2016, 09:23:36 AM »
automatic mainly

I would certainly suggest saying something to the health professional involved.
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Offline Pattidevans

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Re: Pet peeve...
« Reply #5 on: 09 November 2016, 10:00:52 AM »
I agree with what people have said, just ask for the old fashioned machine.  I only noticed recently that when I see the nurse who uses the old fashioned machine my BP is so much lower.  Last time I asked the other nurse to use it.  She had to go get it from another consulting room, but she did not object.
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Offline Paulines7

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Re: Pet peeve...
« Reply #6 on: 09 November 2016, 02:24:27 PM »
My doctor (GP) does mine and uses a manual one.  My Lloyds home monitor is automatic and really hurts when I use it as it has a metal piece on the sleeve which digs into my arm. This could be why my readings are always higher at home than those taken by the GP or nurse.
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Offline Liam

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Re: Pet peeve...
« Reply #7 on: 09 November 2016, 02:26:13 PM »
For me it depends who I'm seeing if they use old or new style, but mostly automatic now. My BP is most often taken at clinic appointments where a nurse (might be some kind of nursing assistant in fact) does it on a big automatic one. When the BP issue comes up and hand over my 24hr BP printout and the doc or nurse says it is fine.
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Offline sedge

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Re: Pet peeve...
« Reply #8 on: 09 November 2016, 06:24:33 PM »
Automatic ones wherever I go.  Some of the auto ones trap any loose folds of skin and it will hurt long before it get's to the point where it stops, so you need to say Oww! and get her to reseat it again however many times she has to do it till it's comfy.  And - that can happen just as easily with the old manual ones.  Because they have to have giant sized cuffs these days (same as bigger chairs, beds etc) the hospital ones are sometimes too big for me anyway and won't work!  They have to go and find a 'medium' LOL
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Offline GrammaBear

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Re: Pet peeve...
« Reply #9 on: 09 November 2016, 07:40:25 PM »
I don't know if it is just me, or if there is something to the theory that it might depend on who is doing the blood pressure check.  I've had several of the nurses or whatever they are calling them these days, take my blood pressure and I'm fine with the automatic cuff.  But it is usually the nurses who are friendly, actually smile and say something like "Hi, how are you this morning/afternoon" and otherwise try to be cordial.

But I've also had them act like Nursie Nightshade and it is then that it hurts more and I just want to rip it off my arm and say "enough".  I think the older I get, the less tolerant I am.  And they wonder why old people are grumpy sometimes.
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Offline Pattidevans

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Re: Pet peeve...
« Reply #10 on: 11 November 2016, 09:36:24 AM »
Fortunately the only grumpy nurse at my surgery left.  The rest are lovely,
Patti


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