Case Study - Vital Signs (2).docx - Student Name Sarah Wilson Vital Signs Case Study After learning and practicing basic nursing skills in the classroom

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Student Name: Sarah Wilson Vital Signs Case Study After learning and practicing basic nursing skills in the classroom and lab, you are assigned to work in a post-acute rehabilitation unit of a skilled nursing facility. You are assigned 5 patients and asked to get their vital signs for the nurse. Mrs. Host, 84 y/o, admitted for rehab after hospitalization following hip surgery and he has new onset hypertension Mr. Oxen, 75 y/o, admitted for rehab after hospitalization for an exacerbation of COPD, he is on oxygen therapy Mr. Hines, 77 y/o, admitted for rehab after hospitalization for acute decompensated congestive heart failure, he has a history of type 2 diabetes and had a heart attack 5 years ago, he requires multiple cardiac medications Mrs. Trey, 72 y/o, admitted for rehab after hospitalization for weakness following open heart surgery, she is on antibiotics because she experienced sepsis after surgery and was in ICU for 1 month, she is on multiple cardiac medications Mr. Long, 89 y/o, admitted for rehab after hospitalization for a urinary tract infection and is on antibiotic therapy Before starting, you review what you know about taking vital signs. 1. The normal Celsius ranges for adult oral temperature are: 36.5-37.5 2. A Celsius oral temperature over _____38 _________is a concern for possible infection. 3. The normal range of an adult radial pulse is 60-100___________________ 4. A pulse below __60_________ is called _____bradycardia_____________ 5. A pulse over _____100_______ is called _____tachycardia_____________ 6. Describe the difference between a regular pulse and an irregular pulse A regular pulse is a regular pattern, irregular pulse is when the beats are not evenly spaced or beats are skipped 7. How long do you count a regular pulse? 30 seconds 8. How long do you count an irregular pulse? 1 minute 9. Why is it important to check a person’s pulse manually versus using a pulse oximeter? A pulse oximeter is used to check the blood oxygen level, checking a patient’s pulse manually is generally more accurate. 10. The normal range of respiration in an adult is 12-20 per minute. 11. Describe a full respiration 1 inhalation, 1 exhalation. 12. Count respiration right after _taking patient pulse.
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