Survey of 23 Nordic university hospitals showed that 77% lacked written procedures for measuring and interpreting blood pressure in infants

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Granlund , P A , Odegaard , J S , Skjerven , H O , Carlsen , K C L , Hanseus , K , Rognvaldsson , I , Sunnegardh , J , Turanlahti , M L & Holmstrom , H 2019 , ' Survey of 23 Nordic university hospitals showed that 77% lacked written procedures for measuring and interpreting blood pressure in infants ' , Acta Paediatrica , vol. 108 , no. 2 , pp. 266-270 . https://doi.org/10.1111/apa.14492

Title: Survey of 23 Nordic university hospitals showed that 77% lacked written procedures for measuring and interpreting blood pressure in infants
Author: Granlund, Peder Annaeus; Odegaard, Jostein Strand; Skjerven, Havard Ove; Carlsen, Karin C. Lodrup; Hanseus, Katarina; Rognvaldsson, Ingolfur; Sunnegardh, Jan; Turanlahti, Maila L.; Holmstrom, Henrik
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Children's Hospital
Date: 2019-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 5
Belongs to series: Acta Paediatrica
ISSN: 0803-5253
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/310812
Abstract: Aim This study determined the use of standardised procedures for infant noninvasive blood pressure (NIBP) measurements in the Nordic countries and aimed to identify factors included in the standardisation and interpretation of NIBP measurements in infants. Methods A cross-sectional electronic questionnaire survey was sent to 84 physicians in all 23 university hospitals in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland and was completed from February to March 2017. The survey contained respondent characteristics, the presence and description of standardised procedures for NIBP measurements, daily practice of NIBP measurements and methodological considerations and interpretation of NIBP measurements in a healthy six-month-old child. Results We received responses from 55 of 84 physicians working in all 23 Nordic university hospitals, in paediatric cardiology (n = 22), general paediatrics (n = 16), paediatric nephrology (n = 14) and other fields (n = 3). Less than a quarter (23%) said their hospital issued specific NIBP procedures relating to infants and they referred to 19 different sources of information. The factors that were most commonly assessed for interpretation were age (100%), arousal state (78%) and cuff size (76%). Conclusion Most of the university hospital units treating children lacked age-specific written procedures for measuring and interpreting infant NIBP, and there is a strong need for common Nordic guidelines.
Subject: Blood pressure
Cross-sectional survey
Guidelines
Infants
Normal values
1ST 5 YEARS
3123 Gynaecology and paediatrics
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