Guide to recording blood pressure in acutely unwell tamariki | He aratohu hei tuhi i te taukapa o te toto i te tamariki...
This guide is for health professionals and covers the common questions raised by paediatric teams during the national rollout of the Aotearoa New Zealand paediatric early warning system (PEWS) about the routine measurement of blood pressure in acutely unwell tamariki (children).
It highlights the significance of blood pressure in the PEWS and its role in recognising deterioration in unwell tamariki.
It discusses documented cases where failing to measure blood pressure resulted in missed opportunities for timely intervention.
It also includes accurate blood pressure measurement methods and further guidance to support education so tamariki of all ages have better clinical outcomes.