Manual, or aneroid, equipment includes a cuff, an attached pump, a stethoscope and a gauge. This equipment requires coordination. It's difficult to use if you're hearing or visually impaired or if you're unable to perform the hand movements needed to squeeze the bulb and inflate the cuff.
Next, if you want to learn how to take a blood pressure manually, without assistance, it is essential to follow a few simple instructions. How to Take Manual Blood Pressure in 7 Easy Steps Roll up the sleeve (if you wear a longsleeved shirt).
Then take one of our courses that feature blood pressure, auscultation, and other physical examination skills. For pediatric patients, the NIH provides tables which use age, sex and height to interpret blood pressure findings.