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Orthostatic hypotension may cause dizziness or a loss of consciousness, causing the person to faint or pass out. It can occur within three minutes of standing up. Orthostatic hypotension can be dangerous, as it can put the person in serious risk of falls and injury.1.What are some nursing diagnosis for orthostatic hypotension?
Diagnosis of orthostatic hypotension can be made by measuring blood pressure to detect orthostatic changes while the patient is lying on a tilt table in the supine position at an angle of at least 60º. It can also be diagnosed by monitoring blood pressure in the sitting and standing positions .How to properly take orthostatic blood pressure?
Recommendations Have the patient lie supine for 10 minutes and obtain blood pressure and HR. Take blood pressure and HR immediately after the patient arises and ask about dizziness. After the patient maintains an upright posture for 3 minutes, obtain blood pressure and HR again.