Delia Wessels

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Blood pressure monitoring is critical in the assessment and treatment of hospitalized infants. Two methods are commonly used to obtain measurements: Invasive arterial line measurement and noninvasive cuff measurements. The purpose of this study was to validate previous research supporting the use of noninvasive calf cuff measurements and to compare the values of calf and upper arm blood pressure measurements in hospitalized infants. A descriptive correlational design was used to investigate the convenience sample of 26 infants in a neonatal intensive care unit. Data obtained through chart review was analyzed using the Pearson r with a significance level of0.05. Results showed a positive correlation between systolic values and mean arterial pressure calculations, but a low correlation between diastolic values. No definitive conclusions can be drawn from this study, and further study is recommended.