In her hospital photo, is the blood pressure cuff on Kris Aquino’s arm properly applied?

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Keen observers have noted that a sensor wrapped around Kris Aquino’s arm in what many described as a publicity photo of her confined in what is supposedly a hospital in Singapore does not meet prescribed usage procedure.

The device appears to be a sphygmomanometer and instructions on the proper use of the cuff used to gather data for its readings are spelt out thus

Place the cuff over the bare upper arm with the artery mark positioned directly over the brachial artery. The bottom edge of the cuff should be positioned approximately one inch (2-3 cm) above the antecubital fold. Wrap the end of the cuff not containing the bladder around the arm snugly and smoothly and engage adhesive strips. To verify a correct fit, check that the Index Line falls between the two Range Lines.

Note: bare upper arm.

The cuff in Aquino’s photo is clearly wrapped around the sleeve of what appears to be her hospital gown. Could this photo be staged? Was Aquino really in a Singapore hospital when this photo was taken?

Questions are only now starting to pour in as more and more Filipinos learn to apply a critical mind to the information they see on the Net.

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