Sunday, May 28, 2023

At a community health fair, the blood pressure of a 62-year-old client is 160/96 mmHg. The client states “My blood pressure is usually much lower.”



At a community health fair, the blood pressure of a 62-year-old client is 160/96 mmHg.

The client states “My blood pressure is usually much lower.” The nurse should tell the client to:

  • A- go get a blood pressure check within the next 48 to 72 hours.
  • B- check blood pressure again in two (2) months.
  • C- see the healthcare provider immediately.
  • D- visit the health care provider within one (1) week for a BP check.

Answer: A:

go get a blood pressure check within the next 48 to 72 hours
The blood pressure reading is moderately high with the need to have it rechecked in a few days.
The client states it is ‘usually much lower.’ Thus a concern exists for complications such as stroke.
However, immediate check by the provider of care is not warranted.
Waiting 2 months or a week for follow-up is too long.