The first full day of the SAR Wilderness First Aid course was spent in the classroom. Among many other things we spent a lot of time on taking accurate vitals. This is essential in order to establish weather the subject is improving or getting worse. For SAR, vitals include pulse and breathing rates, skin appearance, level of consciousness, and, as I have written about before, blood pressure.
Learning how to take my blood pressure has probably extended my life. One of the questions a SAR member will ask you if we`re taking your blood pressure is if the reading they have is normal for you, or if you have hypertension. How many of you know what your blood pressure is?