4.5 Indirect blood pressure monitoring
Peripheral arterial blood pressure can be measured using a simple manometer, a direct pressure recorder, or using indirect methods. The indirect methods are more easily applied and involve wrapping a cuff around an appendage such as the tail. The 'Dynamap' monitor is a commercial cuff system which is more accurate and convenient than the traditional mercury manometer. Measurement of blood pressure can be useful in conditions such as AR (see section 6.5.3); however, indirect measurements are subject to greater sources of error than direct techniques.