DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afad246.007 ISSN: 0002-0729

1805 The importance of ongoing awareness and education for Lying and Standing blood pressure (LSBP) during hospital admissions

D H Bendahan, C Mitchell, S Chauduri, J Wing, B Bird, S Safeer, S Hota
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Aging
  • General Medicine



Inpatient falls remain a huge problem in hospital, causing significant injuries to patients and are an avoidable cost to the NHS. Therefore, the National Audit of Inpatient Falls (2015-2017) set out key recommendations for management of falls, including the measurement of LSBP within 3 days of hospital admission.


Our project was conducted in a major acute teaching hospital in North West London across three geriatric wards. Our aim was to improve the measurement of LSBP and correct documentation across the wards in line with the NAIF guidelines. We excluded patients unable to mobilise to standing with support, patients too unwell or unable to follow instructions and actively dying patients. Prior to any intervention, we found that only 24% of patients had LSBP performed within three days of admission. We focused our intervention in raising education and awareness across our staff. We arranged weekly reminders during MDT meetings, created posters and organised twice monthly teaching sessions, including one to one, on how to document correctly electronically.


After one month of intervention, 73% of patients had LSBP as part of the ward round plan and almost half of patients had it correctly recorded on our system. After 4 months, we reaudited our project and found that only 32% of patients had LSBP appropriately recorded. This significant decrease can be explained by the changeover of junior doctors and emphasises the need of a more sustainable change.


Our goal is making LSBP part of a routine preadmission checklist when appropriate. We are currently working on making changes to our electronic patient record (EPR) to facilitate documentation to members of staff. This includes a new falls assessment tool and the newly incorporation of Smartzone feature on EPR. This will allow staff to put non-critical jobs in the workflow showing a less intrusive alert until completed.

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