Mean arterial blood pressure and the assessment of acutely ill patients
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Mean arterial blood pressure and the assessment of acutely ill patients

Terry Ferns Senior lecturer and research lead, School of Health and Social Care, University of Greenwich, London
Graham Harris Senior lecturer and programme leader, Paramedic science, School of Health and Social Care, University of Greenwich, London
Teresa McMahon Senior lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, University of Greenwich, London
Kerry Wright Senior lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, University of Greenwich, London

This article discusses the role of vital sign data collection in the acute setting when assessing patients at risk of or actually clinically deteriorating. Specifically, the article focuses on explaining the important concepts of mean arterial blood pressure and pulse pressure as indicators of clinical deterioration.

Nursing Standard. 25, 12,40-44. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.11.25.12.40.c8113

Correspondence

t.ferns@gre.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review