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West J Med. 1984 Aug;141(2):193-5.

Auscultatory blood pressure measurement--effect of pressure on the head of the stethoscope.

Abstract

Excessive pressure on the stethoscope head in auscultatory blood pressure measurement does not affect systolic blood pressure value but it does erroneously lower diastolic readings and frequently causes the sounds to persist to zero. Consequently, the lightest possible pressure should be placed on the stethoscope head.

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6495724
PMCID:
PMC1021735
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