I am currently learning all my pharm about blood pressure medications (student) and am wondering since my time spent on a ward that not many people check blood pressures prior to administering morning blood pressure medication.
I am sure there is a reason for this, I am just wondering if there are CERTAIN BP medications that drop the BP or elevate it quite substantially and quickly that woudl merit a BP check prior to giving. Kind of like a PR check with Digoxin before administering.
Mar 25, '12
by tokmom, BSN, RN
I always take a set of VS (minus temp) prior to giving bp/cardiac/diuretics. It's our policy to do it for the first two meds. It pulls from the most recent result, but I take one anyway. It's simple for me...CYA.
Yeah, these people might have taken them for years at home, but now they are in the hospital sick. Secondly, I'm responsible for them while they are under my watch.
Last edit by tokmom on Mar 25, '12