Hypertension Hunters – North Brunswick, NJ

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When

April 25th, 2017 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm. North Brunswick Senior Center, 15 Linwood Place, North Brunswick, NJ, 08902

 

April 30th, 2017 @ 10 am – 12 pm. Freehold Senior Center, 116 Jackson Mills Rd, Freehold, NJ, 07728

 

May 24th, 2017 @ 12:15 pm – 2:15 pm. East Brunswick Department on Aging, 3 Jean Walling Civic Center, East Brunswick, NJ, 08816

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Purpose:

Hypertension, commonly referred to as high blood pressure, is the second leading cause of kidney failure.  Despite this, hypertension is often unrecognized and under-treated.  By going to area senior centers, we hope to identify patients who have not been treated or who are not being adequately treated for hypertension.  We will educate patients about the consequences of chronic high blood pressure and ways they can reduce the detrimental effects, which could include kidney failure.  We will provide educational resources such as monitoring logs and patient handouts that address lifestyle modification, goals of hypertension treatment, the importance of medication adherence, and consequences of untreated high blood pressure.

Description:

April 25th Screening


 

The “Hypertension Hunters” from DCI New Jersey completed their first purpose project event on 4/25. We were at the North Brunswick senior center conducting blood pressure screenings. It was a great success. The attendees were very happy to see us and quickly formed lines. We conducted a one on one screening and information session with about thirty people. Our screenings picked up a couple of hypertension issues but the majority, of the attendees, was very knowledgeable about their medications and saw their physician on a regular basis. Most were more than willing to be in our pictures. We provided educational handouts about High Blood Pressure, High Blood Pressure Complications, High Blood Pressure Medicines and High Blood Pressure Healthy Lifestyle Changes. We presented them with an envelope containing a card, with their current blood pressure reading, and a Reach Kidney Care card from our CKD Coordinator. We also provided each attendee with a Medical Information card to document all information that would be needed in case of an emergency. This card includes their medications, allergies, next of kin and other pertinent information. We also had pens to give away and everyone loved those.

April 30th Screening


 

The “Hypertension Hunters” from DCI New Jersey completed their second purpose project event on 4/28. We were at the Freehold senior center conducting blood pressure screenings. When we got there a “Pilates” class was in session. There were about thirty seniors in the class. After “Pilates” they had a break before “Line Dancing”. During the break and after dancing, participants came to see us. We conducted a one on one screening and information session with about thirty people. Our screenings picked up a couple of hypertension issues but the majority, of the attendees, was very knowledgeable about their medications and saw their physician on a regular basis. Most were more than willing to be in our pictures. We provided educational handouts about High Blood Pressure, High Blood Pressure Complications, High Blood Pressure Medicines and High Blood Pressure Healthy Lifestyle Changes. We presented them with an envelope containing a card, with their current blood pressure reading, and a Reach Kidney Care card from our CKD Coordinator. We also provided each attendee with a Medical Information card to document all information that would be needed in case of an emergency. This card includes their medications, allergies, next of kin and other pertinent information. We also had pens to give away and everyone loved those.

We are quickly coming to the conclusion that Senior Citizens centers provide a great service to those who attend. And that the seniors who do attend are taking excellent care of themselves.

May 24th Screening


 

The “Hypertension Hunters” from DCI New Jersey completed their third purpose project event on 5/24. We were at the East Brunswick senior center conducting blood pressure screenings. When we got there a line quickly formed to see us. It was an eventful day for us. We actually screened someone with an extremely high heart rate. Our nurse accompanied the lady to call her physician. The doctor wanted her taken to the emergency department right away. We screened approximately fifty people and felt we advised many regarding blood pressure control and the importance of continued monitoring. Most were more than willing to be in our pictures, when we actually had the time to take them.  We provided educational handouts about High Blood Pressure, High Blood Pressure Complications, High Blood Pressure Medicines and High Blood Pressure Healthy Lifestyle Changes. We presented them with an envelope containing a card, with their current blood pressure reading, and a Reach Kidney Care card from our CKD Coordinator. We also provided each attendee with a Medical Information card to document all information that would be needed in case of an emergency. This card includes their medications, allergies, next of kin and other pertinent information.

This type of event and patient care is why we became nurses. The DCI motto: “The patient is the reason for our existence” is truly in our hearts.