November 20, 2019

A patient is POSITIVE for orthostatic hypotension if: The SBP decreases more than 20mmHg when changing position AND/OR the DBP decreases more than 10mmHg with a 10-20% increase in heart rate.
If your patient has orthostatic hypotension: Assist with ambulation, have patient sit at the edge of the bed for 1-2 minutes before standing up, advise patient to change positions slowly.