Blood Pressure

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A reflective account of blood pressure testing during a clinical simulative skill session

The clinical skill that I have decided to reflect on in this essay is the manual blood pressure test that I have performed on one of my colleague during a simulative clinical skills session. The aim of this essay is to reflect on this experience, so as to learn from it, identify areas of concern and increase competence in this skill accordingly. To start the essay it is the custom to at least give a definition of blood pressure test, and understand how to interprete the results. I will then proceed to reflect on this whole experience. I will continue by revealing two issues that I have encountered while performing the blood pressure test, and
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I then proceeded to record my readings onto a piece of paper, as an “Early Warning Signs and Pain Chart” was not available at this time to record the collected data.

After the blood pressure test has ended, I felt quite satisfy with myself, but after a reflective session I found out that I have not done that well although the whole procedure was considered complete and successful. Two issues that I have identified when using the Gibb’s Reflective Model to reflect on my practice are that I have not focus enough on my colleague’s well-being during the whole process, thus I might have missed important cues that would have revealed information about his emotional state, any sign of distress or anything that would suggest any discomfort (Jasper, 2003). And secondly, I feel that I concentrated too much on the actual process of blood pressure testing and that I forgot to look after my correct posture during the later stage of the test.

When I performed my reflective practice of this blood pressure test experience, I believe that at some point I concentrated too much on reading and recording the data, and that I might have ignored my colleague’s feelings and comfort at the time. I was probably more focus on the blood pressure test itself than my colleague because of my inexperience of blood pressure

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