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vital signs wordlist

vital signs word list

ABG Arterial blood gases.
Afebrile without fever.
Apnea without breathing.
Arrhythmia irregular heartbeat.
Arteriosclerosis hardening of the arteries.
Asthma disease that affects th air passages in the lungs causing shortness of breath.
Atherosclerosis deposits of fat in arterial walls.
Atrial fibrillation AF,rapid,irregular twitching of the heart.
Axillary under the armpit.
BMI Body Mass Index.
Blood Pressure BP,the force the blood exerts on the artery walls as they contract and relax with each heartbeat.
Brachial upper arm or elbow.
Bradycardia extermely slow heartbeat.
Bradypnea slow breathing.
Call the arrest notify the appropriate people.
Cardiopulmonary pertaining to the heart and lungs.
Cardiovascular pertaining to the heart and vessels.
Carotid neck.
CCU Coronary Care Unit.
Cheyne-Stokes breathing characterized by fluctuations in depth of respiration.
Clapping using cupped hands to firmly strike regions to move secretions.
COLD chronic obstructive lung disease.
Congestive Heart Failure CHF,heart is unable to pump all the blood away from the lungs.
Crackles sounds produced by air passing over airway secretions.
Crepitation sound produced by air passing over airway secretions.
CSM Circulation,Sensation and Movement.
CVA Cerebrovascular Accident
DB&C Deep Breathing and Coughing
Deep suctioning endotracheal suctioning.
Diastolic pressure pressure exerted on vessels when the heart is realxing.
Dorsalis pedis ankle.
Dyspnea Difficult breathing.
Emphysema degeneration of the alveolar sacs in the lungs.
Extubate remove the endotracheal tube.
Febrile with fever.
Femoral thigh.
Height and Weight anthropometric measurements.
Hemorrage loss of large amounts of blood.
Ht. Height.
Hypertension High Blood Pressure.
Hypotension Low Blood Pressure.
Hypoxia insufficient oxygen in the blood or tissue.
ICU Intensive Care Unit.
Idiopathic disease with unknown cause.
MI Myocardial Infarction.
Orally by mouth.
Oximeter instrument to measure oxygen level in blood.
Oxygenation process of the body being supplied with adequate amounts of oxygen.
Pacemaker electronic devce that regulates the heartbeat.
PFT Pulmonary Function Test
Physiotherapist assesses patients,devises deep breathing exercises.
Pneumonia acute infection of the lungs.
Popliteal behind the knee
Posterial tibial back of the skin.
Postural drainage using gravity to help drain mucus and secretions.
PRN As Required.
Pulse rate,volume and rhythm of the heart.
PVA Peripheral Vascular Accident.
Radial wrist.
Rales crackles.
Rectally by rectum.
Respirations rate and quality of breathing.
Rhonchi musical-pitched sounds that resemble snoring, heard on auscultation.
RT/RRCP Registered Respiratory Technician.
SPD Sterile Processing Department.
Sphygmomanometer instrument to measure blood pressure.
Stethoscope device that amplifies sound to listen to the heart and take lblood pressure.
Sublingual below the tongue.
Systolic pressure pressure on the vascular walls when the heart is contracting.
Tachypnea increase in the rate of breathing.
Telemetry monitor traces heart's activity,readout displayed on small screen.
Telemetry Unit a step down unit from ICU
Temperature the body's ability to control heat.
Temporal by forehead.
Thermometer instrument to measure heat.
Tracheostomy formng a new opening in the trachea.
Tympanically by ear.
TRP Temperature,Pulse and Respiration.
Vibrations rapid movements of flattened hands to move secrections.
Vital Signs important measurements of the body's state of health.
Wt. Weight.
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