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What is the NBRC and what do they do?
- National Board of Respiratory Care
- They focus on the exams to become RTs
what is the AARC and what does it do?
American Association of Respiratory Care
What are the major components when asking about health history?
- (OLD CART)
- Onset (when it first started)
- Character (explain feeling of pain)
- Associated Manifestations (does something trigger it?)
- Relieving factors
What are categories of health history?
- Occupational/environmental history
- Geographic history
- ADL (activities of daily living)
- Smoking history
- Family history
- Medical history
What are the four vital signs?
- Blood Pressure
What are assessment techniques?
- Palpation (use hands)
- Percussion (striking fingertips)
- Auscultation (listening with stethoscope)
- breathing in a see saw pattern
- (chest and stomach move in oposite direcitions)
What are signs of repsiratory destress?
- Use of accessory muscles
- NAsal flaring
- Purse lipped breathing
Indention of the sternum
- CO2 and air trappers (found in COPDers)
- Chest is increased in diameter
Curvature of the spine is an exadurated S
Curvature of spine that changes from a vertical S to a horizontal S
blue/grey usually found around lips, toes, fingers
yellowing found in eyes, on skin
nail bed gets bigger, almost squares
- Air under the skin
- Makes a crunching sound when touched
- Can migrate
Placing hands on chest/back in specific spot to measure the expansion of the lungs
a rumbing feeling when touching a patient's chest
Feeling the chest vibrate when talking
fractionally inspired oxygen
Why is oxygen given to a patient?
Decrese work of breathing and decrease workload on the heart
what are the color coding meanings?
- Oxygen- green
- Air- yellow
- Helium- brown
- Helium/Oxide- brown/green
- Nitrogen- teal
- Nitric oxide- teal/black
- Co2- grey
What are tanks made out of?
Steel, Aluminum or composite