Ready to launch a self-measured blood pressure (SMBP) monitoring program within your medical practice?
These recommendations will help you prepare for a successful SMBP program.
- Include at least 1 physician and health care team at your office.
- If multiple physicians will participate, designate a physician champion to learn about the program and help colleagues succeed.
- For each physician participating, budget for 2 to 3 SMBP loaner devices (approximately $75 each) for patients who are unable or unwilling to purchase one themselves.
- Plan for an hour to train your staff on implementing the program in your practice.
- Each patient identified for SMBP will need 5 to 6 minutes of education and training by an MA or RN.
- After each patient completes a week of SMBP for either diagnosis of hypertension or assessment of blood pressure control, allow 5 minutes for staff to calculate the SMBP average and enter the data into the patient’s medical record. Add an additional 5 minutes if a loaner device needs to be prepared for another patient.
Use the device inventory and management guide
“Self-monitored blood pressure outside the physician’s office can help confirm a diagnosis and help manage the condition long-term.”