2018 AMI Online Salon

Medical Students Fall Short on Blood Pressure Check Challenge

Project Details

  • Artist(s):  Nicholas Reback; Chicago, Illinois
  • Client: Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Copyright: © 2017 Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Medium / software used: Adobe Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: Print/Web
  • Primary audience: Subscribers to the Journal of the American Medical Association

Project Description

This illustration calls attention to the issue of poor BP measurement proficiency among medical students and practicing physicians by depicting five behaviors that can lead to erroneous BP results. While editorial, it is also instructive by serving as a visual reminder of what not to do. Clockwise from center the behaviors include: an unsupported arm; an incorrectly sized cuff with the cuff placed over the patients’ shirt sleeve; a smart phone distracting the patient during measurement; the patient seated with his right leg crossed.