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vital signs

vital signs word list

ABG Arterial Blood Gases
Afebrile Without fever
Apnea Without breathing
Arrhythmia irregular heartbeat
Arteriosclerosis hardening of the arteries
Asthma disease of that affects the air passages in the lungs causing shortness of breath
Atherosclerosis deposits of fat in arterial walls
Arterial 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 as they contract and relax with each heartbeat
Brachial upper arm or elbow,
Bradycardia extermly 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 resperation
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
Crakles sounds produced by air passing over airway secrections
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 relaxing
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
Hemorrhage loss of large amount of blood
Ht. Height
Hypertension high blood pressure
Hypotension low blood pressure
Hypoxia insufficient oxygen in 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 device 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
Posterior tibial back of the shin
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 crakles
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 blood 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 srceen
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 forming an opening in the trachea
Tympanically by ear
TPR Temperature, Pulse and Respiration
Vibrations rapid movements of flattened hands to move secretions
Vital signs important measurements of the body's state of health
Wt. Weight
Created by: zeldafan