Vital Signs, Oxygenation, Suctioning, & Circulation Notes.docx

# Vital Signs, Oxygenation, Suctioning, & Circulation Notes.docx

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Vital Signs, Oxygenation, Suctioning, & Circulation Dosage Calculations – Chapters 3 & 4 Chapter 3 – Systems of Measurement All prescriptions should be written in the metric system – based on powers of 10 with three base units (gram, liter, meter) WEIGHT – gram (g) VOLUME – refers to liquids, quantity and concentration, liter (L) or milliliter (mL) LENGTH – meter (m) – millimeters (mm) and centimeters (cm) most commonly used Remember – K ing H enry D ied from a D isease C alled M umps Kilo Hecto Deca BASE Deci Centi Milli Micro 1,000 100 10 0.1 0.01 0.001 0.000001 Weight – 1g = 1,000mg = 1,000,000mcg - 0.001g = 1mg = 1,000mcg - 0.000001g = 0.001mg = 1mcg - 1kg = 1,000g Volume – 1 L = 1,000 mL - 0.1 L = 1 dL - 0.001 L = 1 mL Length – 1 m = 100 cm = 1,000 mm - 0.01 m = 1 cm = 10 mm - 0.001 m = 0.1 cm = 1 mm International unit – a unit of potency used to measure such things as vitamins and chemicals Unit – standardized amount needed to produce a desired effect Milliunit – one thousandth of a unit (1/1000), 1 unit = 1,000 milliunits Milliequivalent (mEq) – one thousandth of an equivalent weight of a chemical Chapter 4 – Conversions: Metric and Household systems 1 t = 5 mL 1 T = 3 t = 15 mL = 0.5 fl oz 1 fl oz = 30 mL = 6 t 1 L = 1 qt = 32 fl oz = 2 pt = 4 cups 1 pt = 16 fl oz = 2 cups 1 cup = 8 fl oz = 240 mL 1 kg = 2.2 lb 1 in = 2.5 cm Kozier & Erb’s Fundamental of Nursing: Chapters 29, 50, 51

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Chapter 29 – Vital Signs Vital signs include body temperature, pulse (HR), respiratory rate (RR), blood pressure (BP), oxygen saturation (SpO2), pain They are checked to monitor the functions of the body WHEN to assess vital signs o On admission o If a client’s health status changes, i.e. chest pain, feeling hot or faint o Before/after surgery or invasive procedure o Before/after medication administration (affecting respiratory or cardiovascular system) o Before/after intervention affective VS, i.e. ambulating pt after bedrest Prior to delegation – Is the pt medically stable & VS are routine (stable), UAP may measure record & report, nurses role is to make assessment & interpret the results Body temperature – Reflects the balance between the heat produced and the heat lost from the body, measured in degrees Core temperature- temperature of the deep tissues of the body, remains constant, ex: abdominal or pelvic cavity Surface temperature- temperature of the skin, subcutaneous tissue, and fat; changes with environment Heat is produced as a by-product of metabolism Heat balance- amount of heat produced = amount of heat lost Factors that affect the body’s heat production – Basal metabolic rate – (BMR) rate of energy utilization in the body required to maintain essential activities such as breathing. Metabolic rates decrease with age.
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