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When taking a blood pressure with an AUTOMATED cuff, the reading was 168/112. What should you do?
a. document the blood pressure
b. re-check the reading with a manual cuff
c. tell the nurse to give the BP meds
d. call 911

Answer: B

All automated blood pressure readings that are abnormal should be checked with a manual cuff to make sure that the machine is not giving a faulty reading.

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