hypertensive emergency?

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    ">Today I had a student I was teaching who had a BP of 188/124. What would you have done in this situation? She says she recently saw the doctor and had a normal B.P., but is having problems with anxiety and has been prescribed med for anxiety, which she hasn't started yet and doesn't have with her. Also that she's being treated now for UTI. She said she had no symptoms with her B.P. except for feeling anxious and flushed. I was alarmed, and suggested she go home and either go to urgent care or call her doctor, but she wanted to stay till the end of the day. She didn't want to get her B.P. taken again at all, because it made her more anxious to do that. At the end of the day, I told her if it were me I'd either go some place that could take my B.P. or call my doctor. And I hinted that it could lead to a stroke. Every time I brought up the subject, though, she said I was making the anxiety worse. What approach would you have used, and do you think it's something a phone call to the M.D. or a trip to urgent care could've taken care of?</span>
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    I was hoping some of you urgent care nurses or office nurse could help me with this question. Or is it more appropriate to put on the emergency nursing forum?
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    Moved to General Nursing where you might get a better response.
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    I don't know the right answer. I do think I would have sent her home. I keep thinking "What if she had stroked in front of me?" Then I think about it as a parent. As an instructor you have certain responsibilities, similar to a parent. You have to do the right thing. if it had been my daughter you were teaching and she had a B/P that high and you responded as an ER nurse might rather than an instructor... That was my thinking.

    You might have come to some agreement later about how to make up the time, if that was an anxiety producing piece. She could do some research about kidney disease in lieu of time missed.

    As I say, I don't know the right answer. For me the right answer would be to present her with reality that a B/P that high will not be tolerated. It is too dangerous for her and those around her. How long would you keep your job if she blew out her brains from that pressure? How would you feel about yourself not intervening before catastrophe?

    I pray she does get the message about how dangerous it is.
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    I would have sent her home. She needs to start her anti-anxiety meds. I am normally a 11/60 kind of chick, but when I am in a time of very high anxiety or pain, I go up to 160/90. If it is anxiety, I take a xanax and my BP comes down. If it's pain, I take something for pain.

    I treat the underlying condition.
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    110/60, that is.
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    Quote from MomRN0913
    I would have sent her home. She needs to start her anti-anxiety meds. I am normally a 11/60 kind of chick, but when I am in a time of very high anxiety or pain, I go up to 160/90. If it is anxiety, I take a xanax and my BP comes down. If it's pain, I take something for pain.

    I treat the underlying condition.
    BP of 11/60?! DANG, you're mellow! lol
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    xanax is wonder drug
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    Sounds like what my BP probably was as a student early on. Thank goodness I never checked it. Catecholamine surge for the win.

    I'd encourage her to call her PCP's office immediately and provide information regarding the importance of getting it under control. Otherwise, she's a grown woman and can make her own decisions.
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    Thanks for the comments! She didn't want to go home even though I told her I wouldn't count her down for going home early, and said another student was her ride home also. I should have probably encouraged both students to go. But what if she still declined the offer? And is this something I should've encouraged sending her to E.R. instead of just home?
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