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Types of Thermometers & Where you use them
mercury or glass:oral,rectal,axillary
What to remember about RECTAL and AXILLARY temps (3)
*always hold thermometer in place while measuring both temps
*always use lubricant for rectal temps
*always remove clothing around axilla
Where do you find Pulses or Pulse Points
@ points where the artery is between fingertips and a bony area
Pulse Points and their Locations (8)
Temporal-temple; Carotid-neck; Apical-chest/heart; Brachial-inside upper arm; Radial-wrist; Femoral- inner thigh; Popliteal-behind your knee; Dorsal Pedalis- top of your foot
How Pulse is measured? (3)
*measured in beats per minute
*count waves for 60 seconds
*count waves for 30 sec and mult by 2
Quality of pulse (3)
*Rhythm- reg. or irreg.
*Rate- w/in norm limits
*Strength- strong, bounding, thready
What will affect Pulse Rate and Quality? (4)
Body Temp, Emotions, Activity Level, and Health of Heart
Definition of Respiration
the mechanical act of breathing in air (inspiration) and expelling air (expiration) from the body
Things to watch for when measuring respiration? (4)
rate, depth, quality of breath, and difficulty in breathing
Method of measuring TPR (3)
*If using merc. therm., measure pulse and respiration while waiting on temp.
*If using another method of measuring the temperature, complete temp-then measure pulse and respiration
*keep your fingers on the pulse while measuring respiration
Things to remember: Charting (writing data) (4)
*Chart in order temp-puls-resp
*do not write T=, etc.
*write (Ax) after axillary temps
*write (R) after rectal temps
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