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    Hypertension Comorbidity (Pediatric Inpatient)

    Clinical Description

    • Care of the hospitalized child with a known history of hypertension.

    Key Information

    • Hypertension in children is determined by age, height and sex.
    • Elevated blood pressure in children may be due to renal conditions, endocrine conditions or congenital heart disease. A growing number of children; however, are diagnosed with hypertension due to obesity, lack of exercise and unhealthy diets.
    • Children with hypertension rarely have signs or symptoms, even if blood pressure is dangerously high. For this reason, parents or children may interpret medication or risk factor modification unnecessary.
    • Use appropriate size cuff for accurate blood pressure reading. Bladder width should be approximately 40% of arm circumference. Bladder length should be 80-100% of the arm circumference.
    • If elevated blood pressure reading with oscillometric device, the reading should be repeated with auscultation. If using oscillometric devices, assure they are approved for use in the pediatric population.

    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: Comorbidity: Self-Management

    Correlate Health Status

    • Correlate health status to:

      • history, comorbidity, congenital anomaly
      • 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
      • child and family/caregiver:
        • 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.
    • Monitor response to antihypertensive medication therapy (e.g., blood pressure, electrolyte levels, medication effects).

    Associated Documentation

    • Medication Review/Management


    CPG-Specific Education Topics

    Comorbidity: Self-Management

    • 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.

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