NURS 3120 Chapter Notes - Chapter 4: Hemoglobin, Oxygen Saturation, Vascular Resistance
Chapter 4: general inspection and measurement of vital signs. Begin general inspection the moment you meet the patient. Observing physical appearance and hygiene, body structure, body movement, emotional status, disposition, and behavior. Tripod position - difficulty breathing = sit slightly forward, bracing arms on their knee. Heat is gained through metabolism and exercise and lost through radiation, convection, conduction, and evaporation. Menstrual cycle increases by . 5 to 1 at ovulation and remains elevated until menses ceases. Oral, temporal artery, tympanic membrane, axillary, rectal. Pulse rate is the number of pulsation felt in 1 minute. Rhythm refers to the regularity of the pulsations (time between each beat) Count the number of pulsation palpated for 30 seconds and multiply by 2 or count for 15 seconds and multiply by 4. Radial artery = most frequently used to measure heart rate because. Irregularity in irregularity = irregular irregulation accessible and easily palpated.