This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Discuss the appropriate steps to improve accuracy of BP measurements
2. State the definitions of hypertension categories according to the ACC/AHA guidelines
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.25 hours
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The PIM planners and others have nothing to disclose. The OBG Project planners and others have nothing to disclose.
Faculty: Susan J. Gross, MD, receives consulting fees from Cradle Genomics, and has financial interest in The ObG Project, Inc.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
Fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity are as posted on The ObG Project website. During the period from 12/01/2022 through 12/01/2024, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures and study the educational activity.
If you wish to receive acknowledgment for completing this activity, please complete the test and evaluation. Upon registering and successfully completing the test with a score of 100% and the activity evaluation, your certificate will be made available immediately.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and The ObG Project. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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The AHA has released a statement on taking BP measurements, a topic also addressed in detail as part of the most recent ACC/AHA task force document. Appropriate preparation is vital to obtaining accurate BP measurements. Following recommended protocols when obtaining a BP measurement can improve accuracy
Ensuring the following will prevent artificial increase in BP levels
The new ACC/AHA taskforce guidelines have resulted in a change with respect to lowering the threshold for making the diagnosis of hypertension. However, accuracy in obtaining the measurements in critical for accurate management and treatment plan. The AHA has released a scientific statement (2019), maintaining that validated oscillometric devices allow accurate BP measurement in the outpatient setting, while reducing human errors associated with the auscultation. The AHA document further states that
Fully automated oscillometric devices capable of taking multiple readings even without an observer being present may provide a more accurate measurement of BP than auscultation
Note: The diagnosis of hypertension requires integration of HBPM or ABPM in addition to measurements made in the clinical setting
Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults – A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Clinical Practice Guidelines
Measurement of Blood Pressure in Humans: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association
2019 AHA/ACC Clinical Performance and Quality Measures for Adults With High Blood Pressure: A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force on Performance Measures
NEJM Clinical Practice: Acute Severe Hypertension
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