• Samia Saud Al Furaikh Dean, CON-A, King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences- KASU-HS, Al Ahsa, KSA
  • Ganapathy Thilagavathy CON-A, King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences (KSAU-HS), King Abdul-Aziz Hospital, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, Al Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


Context: Although perinatal guidelines recommend blood pressure (BP) should be measured on bare arms among pregnant women, BP is measured over garments in Primary Health Care settings among prenatal women.

Aim: To identify the discrepancies in BP measurements with garments under the manometer cuff versus bare arm among normotensive primigravidae.

Setting & design: An exploratory study was conducted among n=95 normal low risk normotensive primigravidae at mid trimester attending antenatal clinic at rural Primary Health Center (PHC).

Methods& Materials: With the auscultator sphygmomanometer, BP was measured thrice with garments versus bare arms to rule out differences. Results were compared with Paired t-test. SPSS version 20 was used for analysis.

Results: There were insignificant differences in mean Systolic Blood Pressure (SBP) and Diastolic Blood Pressure (DBP) between the garments covered versus bare arm. The mean garments thickness was less than 5 mm and it was not a significant predictor for mean differences of BP in garments versus bare on arm.

Conclusions: Measuring blood pressure on arms with garments violates long-established perinatal guidelines and the decision to measure accurate BP with sleeves on among pregnant women depends on the discretion of the clients and the professionals.


Garment, Bare arm, Blood pressure, Primigravidae


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How to Cite

Samia Saud Al Furaikh, & Ganapathy Thilagavathy. (2017). EFFECT OF GARMENT ON THE ARM UNDER THE AUSCULTATOR MANOMETER CUFF AMONG PRIMIGRAVIDAE . Malaysian Journal of Medical Research (MJMR), 1(4), 6-11. Retrieved from https://ejournal.lucp.net/index.php/mjmr/article/view/274