Kicking off the news this week is a look at an article I found about a nurse practitioner who developed a smart phone app to help in the diagnosis of pediatric hypertension. This is not a common problem but when it exists it can lead to larger cardiovascular issues later in life.
Diagnosing Pediatric Hypertension
Because pediatric normal blood pressures vary by age, it is often hard to nail down when a child is hypertensive. Hope Bussenius, a family nurse practitioner at Emory University’s Neil Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, developed the app called Pedia BP. She came up with the idea while working towards her doctorate of nursing practice (DNP).
Up until that time, providers needed a complex set of tables to successfully diagnose pediatric hypertension. These tables, developed by the National High Blood Pressure Education Program and the CDC are somewhat cumbersome to use and require a nurse to cross reference multiple values to find the end result. This takes up to 15 minutes per child.
With the Pedia BP app, you just enter the values and the app does all the work popping out a result in 1/3 of the time from start to finish. This is just another innovation created by a nurse out there to make all our jobs easier while impacting patient care in a positive way. Way to go Hope! I’ll see if maybe I can get her on the show for a future episode. In the meantime, check out the Pedia BP app for iOS, available for free!
Make sure you follow-up on the links for this news item and all of the other news and additional resource links from this week’s episode – Pain Assessment and Management in Delirium Patients and Episode 305.