Basics of Cleaning Blood Pressure Machines Between Patients

Cleaning blood pressure machines between patients helps to prevent cross-contamination, including the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Cleaning the cuff and rubber tubing is important, and it’s crucial to disinfect the cuff after every use. Find out the basics of cleaning blood pressure machines between patients.


Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning the blood pressure machine. In general, you can use the following materials on your equipment:

  • Neutral pH enzymatic-based cleaning detergent—this cleaning agent contains enzymes that break down soils and stains.
  • An EPA-registered bleach-based germicidal cleaner safe for use on healthcare equipment
  • Clean or sterile soft clothes and a soft brush
  • Soaking tray
  • Potable water for rinsing

Cleaning the Reusable Cuff and Tubing

One of the most important things to remember when cleaning the blood pressure machine between patients is to cover the port hole before applying any liquids. Depending on your equipment manufacturer, you might have a cap that you can use to cover the cuff port. If you fail to cover tubing holes, you might let liquid enter the bladder tubing.

Wipe the cuff and tubing with the enzymatic cleaner, following the cleaning agent’s manufacturer’s instructions. Then, wipe the cuff with a damp cloth to rinse it.

Another optional method is to clean with a 0.5 percent bleach and water solution, followed by rinsing with the cloth dampened with potable water. The final cleaning option is to wipe the cuff and tubing with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol and then rinse the cuff with a dampened cloth.

If you’re cleaning a one-piece blood pressure cuff, be sure to cover bladder tubing holes. Soak the cuff in the neutral pH enzymatic solution, being careful not to allow any liquid into the bladder tubing. Gently use the soft brush to clean the cuff and accessories.

Once finished soaking, rinse the cuff with potable water. Finally, let the cuff dry.

Disinfecting the Cuff

Before disinfecting the cuff, be sure to clean it thoroughly. Then, spray or immerse the cuff and accessories with the bleach-based germicidal cleaner.

Gently rub the cuff and accessories with a soft brush. Follow the germicidal cleaner’s manufacturer’s instructions concerning wet contact time. Typically, you can leave the germicidal cleaner on for 5 to 10 minutes.

After disinfecting, thoroughly rinse the cuff and accessories with water, but don’t let any water enter the bladder tubing. Then, pat dry with a clean cloth. If you’ve used a cap to protect the port, remove it.

Inspect the cuff and tubing for damage. There should be no leaks, and the cuff should close securely. No liquid should be in the bladder tubing. If you see any problems or damage with the equipment, do not use it.

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