Invasive Versus Noninvasive, Catheter Versus Cuff: Blood Pressure Differences Are Important to Know

Author(s): Headley Jan M.

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Dec 31, 2025

Topics: Hemodynamics, Monitoring

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Blood pressure remains the most used assessment parameter and a cornerstone for decision-making as to initiating a therapy or not. Current evidence and practice standards citing significant discrepancies between invasive BP (IABP) and noninvasive (NIBP) measures are discussed in this intermediate level session. AACN’s PAP/CVP and NIBP Practice Alerts provide a foundation for obtaining accurate values which can have a substantial impact on patient therapies.


  • Verbalize the current literature on the comparison of invasive and non-invasive blood pressures.
  • Identify potential causes for inaccurate invasive and non-invasive blood pressure values.
  • Recognize patient conditions that benefit from the various methods of blood pressure monitoring.

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Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


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