VITAL SIGNS

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  1. What type of lighting do you use for darkly pigmented person
    natural or halogen light (prevents blue tones)
  2. components of vital signs
    T, P, R, BP and pulse oximeter
  3. What is the normal adult range for temperature
    • 36-38 C or 96.8-100.4 F
    • ALWAYS CONSIDER BASELINE
  4. Name 6 factors affecting temperature
    Age, Hormonal levels, circadian rhythms, stress, exercise, environment
  5. What time of the day do we normally have the lowest temp?
    1-4 a.m.
  6. What time of the day do we normally have our highest temp?
    4-8 p.m.
  7. Explain Pyrexia or Hyperpyrexia
    An elevation of normal temperature, fever, common symptom of illness, helps fight disease
  8. Explain Prodromal stage of a fever
    First stage- pyrogens are secreted by toxic bacteria during infection or form tissue breakdown (heart attack, trauma, surgery, malignanc) and trigger an immune response (fatigue, aches, malaise)
  9. Explain the chill stage of a fever
    2nd stage- while the body is trying to reach a new set point, the person has chills, shivers and feels cold
  10. Explain the flush stage of a fever
    3rd stage- once the new set point is reached, the person feels warm and dry
  11. Explain the defervescence stage of a fever
    4th stage- when the set point is interfered with , person becomes warm, flushed, diaphoretic, and fever "breaks" and person is afebrile....stage when we give antipyretics
  12. How often should a temperatue be evaluated
    every 2-3 hours, and not more then 1 hour after treatment
  13. ??Increased body temp, body is unable to promote heat loss or decrease heat production due to overload of body's hypothalamus, can cause heat exhaustion (fluid loss with changes in fluid and electrolyte balances) and heat stroke
    hyperthermia
  14. What are 8 signs of hyperthermia??
    lowered skin turgor, skin cool and moist, increased pulse, decreased BP, Increased resp., decreased capillary refill, concentrated urine, Temp = 104
  15. ??Body temperature below lower limit of normal, 36 C or 96.8 F...
    Hypothermia
  16. At what temp could death occur??
    93.2 F or 34 C
  17. When might Hypothermia be induced?
    Open heart surgery
  18. What are signs of hypothermia??
    Decreased pulse, resps, BP, cyanosis, skin cool or cold, uncontrolled shivering, memory loss, poor judgement, apathy, slurred speech, confusion, increased BP and shallow resp.
  19. What is the INITIAL trmt. of hypothermia
    Keep in horizontal posititon to decrease cardiac workload, prevent further heat loss, remove wet or cold clothing, dry client, insulate with warm blankets including head and neck monitoring vital signs
  20. What is the average pulse rate in an adult?
    60-100 BPM
  21. What is Stroke Volume??
    Quantity of blood forced out of the left ventricle into aorta with each contraction
  22. What is the average stroke volume in an adult?
    60-70 ml per contraction
  23. What is cardiac output??
    Amount of blood pumped out by the heart per minute
  24. What is normal cardiac output for an adult?
    5000 ml per minute
  25. How do you figure cardiac output??
    pulse rate x stroke volume
  26. What are 8 factors that influence pulse rate??
    age, exercise, postition changes, gender, fluid balance, meds, temp and sympathetic stimulation
  27. What is a normal pulse rate for a neonate?
    140
  28. What is a normal pulse rate for a toddler?
    120
  29. What is a normal pulse rate for a child??
    100
  30. How is bradycardia classified??
    less then 60 BPM, can be an indication of too much or not enough medication, less common in illness than increased pulse
  31. How is tachycardia classified??
    greater then 100 BPM in an adult, greater then 180 BPM in an infant.
  32. Define palpitations
    Rapid or unusual heart rate felt by client
  33. Name stages of scale rating for pulse
    • 0- absent pulse, no pulse felt despite extreme pressure
    • +1- thready pulse, not easily felt; requires very light pressure to disappear
    • +2- normal, easily felt; moderate pressure causes to disappear
    • +3- Full pulse
    • +4- strong, bounding, doesnt disappear with moderate pressure
  34. What should you document about pulse??
    Rate, indication of irregularity, amplitude for radial and apical, prescence for all others
  35. What are normal resp. rate for an adult??
    12-20 per minute
  36. What are normal resp. for infant? toddler? children?
    • infant- 40
    • toddler- 30
    • child- 20
  37. What is eupnea
    Relaxed, normal, regular, automatic and silent respirations
  38. Define tachypnea
    rapid, regular resp. greater then 20 RPM
  39. Define Bradypnea
    SLOW, regular resperations less then 12 RPM
  40. Define Dyspnea
    Difficult or labored breathing
  41. Define Orthopnea
    easier breathing when sitting up
  42. Define Hyperventilation
    Abnormally prolonged deep breathing; due to fear, anxiety; causes DECREASED CO2 levels
  43. Define HYPOventilation
    Irregular shallow, slow breathing; narcotic overdose, anesthetics, resp. pain; causes INCREASED CO2 levels
  44. Define Kussmaul's resp.
    RAPID, abnormally deep regular "air hunger" breathing....DIABETICS can have
  45. Define Cheyne-Stokes resp
    irregualr, slow, shallow breaths increase to rapid rate and depth (30-45 sec) then reverse followed by abscence of breahting (20 sec); CHF, drug overdose, increased intacranial pressure, may be normal in infants and elderly during sleep
  46. What should you document for Respirations??
    Rate and regularity, depth if abnormal, SOB/dyspnea,
  47. Define Blood Pressure
    The force of the blood pushing against the sides of the arterial walls as the heart contracts and relaxes
  48. IF BP = 120/80.....what is SV??
    40
  49. When is BP normally the highest??
    In the late p.m.
  50. Name the 3 stages of hypertension
    • Pre- systolic 120-139, diastolic 80-90
    • stage 1- systolic 140-159, diastolic 90-99
    • stage 2- systolic 160 or greater, diastolic 100 or greater
  51. Define HYPOtension
    blood pressure below normal
  52. define orthostatic
    low blood pressure associated with weakness or fainting when rising to an erect position
  53. What is the most common site for assessing BP?
    Brachial
  54. If you cannot take Brachial BP, what is the next place to check for BP?
    Popliteal artery
  55. What are the 5 different phases of Korotkoff sounds in BP??
    • 1- faint, first sound; tapping that increases in intensity...systolic
    • 2- muffled, swishing that may temporarily disappear especially in hypertensive clients
    • 3- distinct loud sounds, blood flows freely
    • 4- muffled; soft blowing sounds; distinct change in quality; diastolic in children
    • 5- last sound before silence; diastolic in adults
  56. Define Ausculatory Gap
    The temporary disappearance of sound
  57. Between what "Korotkoff Phases" is ausculatory gap usually noticed?
    Between first and second phase
  58. What steps do you take for increased BP?
    repeat, verify cuff size, assess in other arm, compare with previous readings, may need to give medications, notify RN/charge nurse
  59. What steps do you take if BP is decreased??
    Compare to previous readings, position in supine position, observe for related symptoms; administer meds, notify physician, notify RN/charge nurse
  60. What is the 5th vital sign??
    PAIN
  61. What does acronym "PQRST" stand for??
    • P- Precipitated
    • Q- quantitiy or quality
    • R- region or radiation
    • S- severity
    • T- timing

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