Postural BP

  1. Why do we monitor postural blood pressure?
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  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   Silverdragon102
    What are your thoughts?
  4. by   Susiladhungana
    I think it is to figure out if patients is ortostatic hypotension, or any neurological problem, or to find out risk of fall of that patient.
  5. by   soutthpaw
    Quote from Susiladhungana
    I think it is to figure out if patients is ortostatic hypotension, or any neurological problem, or to find out risk of fall of that patient.
    Agree. OD of Antihypertensive meds can inhibit the normal response preventing the body from compensating thus getting a positive result. The other reason I think is key is that you are looking for trends that show you if your interventions are working or not and if the patient is getting better or worse. Also, we were just taught that orthostatics are now laying, standing after 1 minute and standing after 3 minutes. I assume this is based on Evidence Based Practice. however I can see that it may not always be appropriate to lay a person down or stand them up, so laying to sitting or sitting to standing may be the only option. Orthostatic positive results usually don't occur in isolation, rather they will complain of dizziness, light headed, faint, weak, nausea etc.

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