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Measuring BP in Real-World Settings: Student Edition

Learning Objectives
1. Identify the different factors that can lead to inaccurate BP measurements
2. Describe how to properly prepare and position patients to measure their blood pressure
3. Explain how to manage situations when the ideal preparation and room setup for blood pressure is not possible
4. Identify ways to care for patients sensitively when preparing and positioning them for BP measurement
0.5 Credit CME

Accurate and reliable blood pressure (BP) measurement is critical for the proper diagnosis and management of hypertension. Many factors can contribute to inaccurate BP readings, and these include the patient themselves, the equipment that's available to you, procedural factors, and observer related factors. It is important to be aware of these factors. In this module, you'll learn how to identify and reduce the impact of these factors. This module should be taken after the completion of the BP Measurement Essentials module on an as-needed basis.

Note to Faculty: Please click on the "Resources" tab above to download a faculty guide for the AMA Student BP Series. The faculty guide provides a brief overview of the series, suggestions on when to implement each module, and access to cases and assessment materials developed by medical school educators.

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AMA CME Accreditation Information

Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this Enduring Material activity for a maximum of 0.50  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:

  • 0.50 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;;
  • 0.50 Self-Assessment points in the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery’s (ABOHNS) Continuing Certification program;
  • 0.50 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics’ (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program;
  • 0.50 Lifelong Learning points in the American Board of Pathology’s (ABPath) Continuing Certification program; and
  • 0.50 credit toward the CME [and Self-Assessment requirements] of the American Board of Surgery’s Continuous Certification program

It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting MOC credit.


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