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Measuring and Recording Vital Signs
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Vital Signs • Various determinations that provide information about the basic body conditions of the patient • 4 main vital signs: – Temperature – Pulse – Respirations – Blood Pressure
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Vital Signs • Other important vital signs that provide information about the patient’s condition include: – Color of the skin – Size of the pupils and their reaction to light – Level of consciousness – Patient’s response to stimuli
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Vital Signs • CNA’s have the responsibility of measuring and recording vital signs – Not in their realm of duties to reveal this information to the patient – Physician will decide if this information should be told to the patient
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Vital Signs • Accuracy is essential – Abnormal vital signs are often the first indication of a disease of abnormality – Never guess or report an inaccurate reading • If you note any abnormality or change in a vital sign, report it immediately to your supervisor • If you have difficulty obtaining a correct reading for any vital sign, ask for help
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Temperature • Homeostasis is a constant state of fluid balance – Ideal health state in the human body – Rate of chemical reactions in body is regulated by the temperature – If temperature is too high or too low, body’s fluid balance is also affected
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Temperature • Most temperatures are measured on a thermometer with a Fahrenheit scale • Some areas now use a Celsius scale • May be necessary to convert between Fahrenheit and Celsius scales
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Converting Fahrenheit (F) to Celsius (C) • C = (F – 32) x 0.5556 • Subtract 32 from the Fahrenheit and multiply the result by 5/9 or 0.5556 Example • Convert 212 F to C • C = (212 – 32) x 0.5556 • C = 100
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Converting Celsius (C) to Fahrenheit (F) • F = (C x 1.8) - 32 • Multiply the Celsius by 9/5 or 1.8 and then add 32 to the total Example • Convert 37 C to F • F = (37 x 1.8) + 32 • F = 98.6
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Variations in Body Temp • Normal range for body temp is 97 F to 100 F or 36.1 C to 37.8 C • Variations are caused by individual differences, time of day, part of body and other factors – People with accelerated body processes usually have high temps – People with slower body processes usually have lower temps
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Variations in Body Temp • Time of day affects body temp – Usually lower in morning after body has rested – Higher in evening after muscular activity and food intake with metabolism • Parts of the body where temp is measured can also lead to variations
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4 Parts of Body Where Temp is Measured • Oral • Rectal • Axillary or groin • Aural
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