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V.S. Terminology

vital sign terminolgy

SOB Short of Breath
qid 4 times a day
q every
c with
TPR temperature, pulse, respiration
B/P blood Pressure
V/S or VS vital signs
q4h every 4 hours
tid three times a day
bid twice a day
hs hour of sleep
prn whenever necessary, as needed
Ad lib as desired
qod every other day
qd everyday
tachypnea respiratory rate above 25 respirations per minute
bradypnea respiratory rate below 10 respirations per minute
bradycardia pulse rate under 60 beats per minute
tachycardia pulse rate above 100 beats per minute, except in children
systole period of work, or contraction, of the heart
asystole state of no cardiac electrical activity
eupnea normal breathing pattern
apnea absence of respiration, usually temporary
hyperapnea an increased respiratory rate
bounding forceful pulse that quickly disappears
thready weak and rapid pulse that feels like a fine mobile thread
hyperventilation breathing faster or deeper than normal, causing excessive expulsion of circulating carbon dioxide
dyspnea difficult or labored breathing
fever also known as pyrexia; elevated body temperature above 101 degress Fahrenheit
febrile pertaining to a fever, or elevated body temperature
afebrile without fever
angina chest pain or discomfort when your heart doesn't get enough blood
wheezing difficult breathing with a high-pitched whistling or sighing sound during expiration
rales bubbling or noisy sounds caused by fluids or mucus in the air passages
rhonchi a rattling sound somewhat like snoring; usually caused by secretion in bronchial airways
orthopnea severe dyspnea in which breathing is very difficult in any position other than sitting erect or standing
Created by: MChris