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mcknurse mcknurse (New) New

Can someone enlighten me on the significance

of pulse pressure in the hypertensive patient.I work in longterm care.What is going on with my patient whose pressure normally runs 160/80 and I get a reading of

158/44. Was I right to hold the BP med?

I probably would have also held the med but would have notified the doctor. I have found that alot of the docs that I work with want the medication given anyways, if the systolic is above 150. When ever this situation occurs I make it a habit to document document document and note what the doc says in an order. Just incase!

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