Date Archives: 3-Jul-2012

Question: I am wondering if it is acceptable to initiate a bolus for hypotension based on "estimated" blood pressures. I.e. you are unable to obtain a BP through auscultation and the patient has no palpable radial pulses. We have been taught that you can estimate a patient's blood pressure to be 80 systolic or less with the absence of palpable radial pulses. So, can I treat a patient with a bolus, based on estimated BP's and in conjunction with other symptoms, or do I need an actual and specific number. Thanks in advance.