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Hypertension Comorbidity (Adult Inpatient)

Clinical Description

  • Care of the hospitalized patient with a known diagnosis of hypertension.

Key Information

  • Patients with hypertension rarely have signs or symptoms, even when pressures are dangerously high. For this reason, they may interpret medication or risk factor modification unnecessary.
  • Systolic and diastolic values that reflect classifications of hypertension vary depending on international guidelines used.

Clinical Goals

By transition of care

A. The patient will achieve the following goals:
  • Blood Pressure in Desired Range

B. Patient, family or significant other will teach back or demonstrate education topics and points:
  • Education: Self-Management

Correlate Health Status

  • Correlate health status to:

    • history, comorbidity
    • age, developmental level
    • sex, gender identity
    • baseline assessment data
    • physiologic status
    • response to medication and interventions
    • psychosocial status, social determinants of health
    • barriers to accessing care and services
    • health literacy
    • cultural and spiritual preferences
    • safety risks
    • family interaction
    • plan for transition of care

Hypertension Comorbidity


  • known history of hypertension
  • maintenance medication use

Problem Intervention

Maintain Blood Pressure Management

  • Evaluate adherence to home antihypertensive regimen (e.g., exercise and activity, diet modification, medication).
  • Provide scheduled antihypertensive medication; consider administration time and effects (e.g., avoid giving diuretic prior to bedtime).
  • Monitor response to antihypertensive medication therapy (e.g., blood pressure, electrolyte levels, medication effects).
  • Minimize risk of orthostatic hypotension; encourage caution with position changes, particularly if elderly.

Associated Documentation

  • Medication Review/Management
  • Syncope Management


CPG-Specific Education Topics


  • adherence to disease management plan

  • when to seek medical attention

General Education Topics

General Education

  • admission, transition of care

  • orientation to care setting, routine

  • advance care planning

  • diagnostic tests/procedures

  • diet modification

  • opioid medication management

  • oral health

  • medication management

  • pain assessment process

  • safe medication disposal

  • tobacco use, smoke exposure

  • treatment plan

Safety Education

  • call light use

  • equipment/home supplies

  • fall prevention

  • harm prevention

  • infection prevention

  • MDRO (multidrug-resistant organism) care

  • personal health information

  • resources for support


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Clinical Practice Guidelines represent a consistent/standardized approach to the care of patients with specific diagnoses. Care should always be individualized by adding patient specific information to the Plan of Care.