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Authors

  1. Farner-Cordell, Carly MSN, RNBC, TCRN
  2. Bitton, Alexandre BSN, RN, TCRN
  3. Eeten, Katelyn BSN, RN
  4. Schmidt, Cory BSN, RN
  5. Brenden, Misty BSN, RN, PCRN, TCRN

Abstract

Background: Obtaining the first blood pressure (BP) during adult trauma team activations was often delayed. A review of patient charts revealed that the average time to first documented BP was 6.6 minutes when using an automatic BP cuff.

 

Purpose: The purpose was to determine whether taking the initial BP using a manual cuff decreases the time it takes to obtain the first BP.

 

Method: The Iowa Model Revised was used as the framework for this project.

 

Intervention: An algorithm was developed, and staff were educated and validated on their ability to obtain manual BPs. A 2-month practice change pilot was launched on adult full and partial trauma team activations.

 

Results: It was determined that taking a BP manually during adult trauma resuscitations was more efficient, allowing for earlier determination of patient status.

 

Conclusion: Obtaining the initial BP manually was 54% more timely and led to an evidence-based practice change.