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Vital Signs

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Fast pulse rate cound mean... Shock, anxiety, cardiac arrhythmia, hypoxia, exertion, fright, increased BP, first state of blood loss, low blood sugar
Slow pulse rate could mean... Intracranial pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, hypoxia (late) spinal cord injury, good physical condition, head injury
Irregular pulse could mean... Possible cardiac arrhythmia
Weak pulse could mean... Shock, late stage of blood loss
Rapid respiratory rate could mean... Anxiety, hypoxia, shock, acid build up (retention of CO2)
Slowed respiratory rate could mean... Ingestion of depressants, intracranial pressure
Irregular respiratory rate could mean... Intracranial pressure
Elevated blood pressure could mean... Anxiety, intracranial pressure, pain, medical condition
Low blood pressure could mean... Shock, pain, athlete, or normally low BP
Jaundice skin color could be... Liver, gall bladder, blood disease
Wet or diaphoretic skin could be... "Flight or Fight" (sympathetic nervous system stimulation), environmental influence, low blood sugar
Pale skin could be... Shock, constricted blood vessels, blood loss, emotional distress
Flushed skin could be... Fever, peripheral pooling, anaphylaxis, high temp, high BP
Cyanotic skin could be... Hypoxia
Hot skin could be... Heat emergencies, fever
Unequal pupils could mean... Head injury, CVA, eye injury, normal variation, fake eye
Constricted pupils could mean... Narcotic overdose, intracerebral (pons) bleeding, bright environmental light
Dilated pupils could mean... Sedative overdose, hypoxia, lack of environmental light, fear, excitement
Wet breath sounds could mean... Pulmonary edema, penumonia, aspiration infection
Decreased breath sounds (one side) could mean... Pneumothorax, prior lung surgery
Decreased breath sounds (both sides) could mean... Hypoventilation
Created by: tseitz