Care team members and patients are often unsure what size a patient may need. Each BP cuff has a size indicator that allows you to measure the correct size for the patient's arm. The cuff should fit around the upper middle arm. Refer to the diagram below and size measurements that are listed if unsure what size a particular patient needs.
Sizing and Symbols
3. Size Measurements
The below measurements are in inches
Small Cuff: 6.3"-9.4"
Medium Cuff: 9.4"-14.2"
Large Cuff: 12.2"-17.7"
Wide Cuff: 8.6"-16.5"
NOTE: The Wide Cuff is a Wide Range cuff because it covers the range of both a medium and a large cuff. Meaning it has a wide circumference available to go around a wider variety of arm sizes.
Steps To Follow:
1. Look for the colored line that runs along the edge of the cuff. You will see the size indicator abbreviations of (S,M,L). The longest section of the line that is colored in white is the size of your specific cuff.
2. Put the cuff on your upper arm. Refer to Step 3 Proper Technique in the Blood Pressure Troubleshooting KB.
3. The white arrow should land within the section of the cuff that is colored in white.