Chapter 6: Knowledge Integration

Case Study 4: Older Adult Client

Initial Assessment Data

  • Biographical data: Older adult client
  • Reason for seeking care: Assess blood pressure at a blood pressure clinic
  • History of health/illness: Healthy
  • Past history: No medications, no illnesses


Vital Sign Measurements 

1050 hrs, September 7, 2018

  • Sitting BP: 160/94 mm Hg right arm
  • Pulse: 72 bpm (radial), 2+, regular rhythm


Think about the client data and try to answer the following questions. Write your answers on a piece of paper.

  1. Which findings are considered abnormal for this adult client? What medical terminology is used to define/label these findings?
  2. What factors might cause the blood pressure reading to be higher than normal in this adult client?
  3. What is the healthcare provider’s next action based on the findings of this adult client?
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