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Lab Mod 1 - Vitals

Basic Vitals

Vital signs include: Temperature, pulse, respiration and blood pressure
Ways to check a patient's temperature: Orally, rectally, axillary, tympanic, temporal
Normal ranges for adult temp (orally): 97.6 F to 99.6 F
Where to find the radial artery: On the thumb side of your wrist
Normal range for adult pulse 60-100 beats per minute
Normal adult range for respiration: 12-20 respirations per minute
What is blood pressure: The force at which blood is pumped against the wall of the arteries
Brachial artery Artery used for blood pressure measurements
Instruments needed for checking BP: Stethoscope and sphygmomanometer
Systolic: The first beat that is heard once you begin to release the pressure of the BP cuff. Contraction phase of the heart
Diastolic: Last beat heard once the entire pressure has been released from the cuff. relaxation phase of the heart
Created by: ruthalcala