It is National Stroke Awareness Month. Be sure to access the Million Hearts Toolkit for resources, key messages, educational opportunities, survivor stories and much more.
It is National Blood Pressure Education Month. Attend our WebEx on May 31 to learn more about blood pressure protocols through a live demonstration. Details below. Visit the American Heart Association for a wealth of resources, news items, videos, fact sheets and more.
Many mobile blood pressure monitors have not been properly tested against international accuracy standards. On April 30, 2018, Hypertension Canada announced the launch of its Blood Pressure Measurement Devise Recommendation Program, a program with a two-tiered rating System (gold and silver) to help consumers choose the right mobile blood pressure monitor for self-measurement. Most of the recommended devices listed on the webpage are available in the United States.
There are nine new measures for cardiac rehabilitation which, to date, are only in an American College of Cardiology report, accessible at 2018 ACC/AHA Clinical Performance and Quality Measures for Cardiac Rehabilitation. They have not yet been adapted into any quality reporting programs, but this process is under way. It may be beneficial to share these measures with providers as a way to demonstrate the value and benefits of cardiac rehabilitation
The National Association of Community Health Centers has an excellent person-centered video in English and Spanish on the case for Self-Measured Blood Pressure (SMBP) monitoring, proper method and the importance of communicating results to providers. Access the English version or the Spanish version.
UPCOMING WebEx: Blood Pressure Protocol Training
Thursday, May 31, 2018
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. CT
Pat Spier, RN-BC, PCMH-CCE, and Barb Rice, RN-BC, from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota will address the importance of accuracy in blood pressure measurement to identify and manage hypertension. Healthcare professionals responsible for measuring or ensuring the accuracy of patient blood pressures can also review proper use of equipment and tools for improving workflow and protocols. Learn more.