Normal Temperature Range
35.8 - 37.3
Normal Pulse Range
Normal Blood Pressure
95 - 135 systolic
60 - 85 - diastolic
10 - 20 breaths per minute
Normal Oxygen Saturation
1 - 10
OPQRSTUV Pain Assessment
Onset - When did it begin?
Provoke - What makes it better/worse?
Quality - What does it feel like?
Radiate - does it radiate anywhere?
Severity - Rate 1/10
Treatment - what treatment have you tried?
Understanding - what do you think caused it?
Value - wha
the identification of a disease or condition by a doctor
used to evaluate the response of the whole person to actual or potential health problems
Describe the four qualities considered when assessing the pulse
0 - abssent
+1 - weak
+2 - normal
+3 - full bounding
Equality - same both sides?
Describe various routes of temperature measurement and special considerations for each route
Rectal - only when other routes are not practical
Tympanic Membrane Temp - infrared emissions of eardrum
Temporal Artery Temp - infrared emissions from the temporal artery. More accurate than TMT (but conflicting reports)
Describe the appropriate procedure for assessing respiration and oxygen saturation
Don't mention taking respiratiatons. Maintain position of counting pulse. Count 30 sec if normal. 1min if abnormal.
Discuss the importance of using an appropriately sized blood pressure cuff
Width: 40% circumfrence of patients arm
Length: 80% circumfrence arm
Too narrow yields a falsely high BP - takes extra pressure to compress the artery