Presentation is loading. Please wait.

Presentation is loading. Please wait.

Chapter 37 Obtaining Vital Signs and Measurements Medical Assisting

Similar presentations

Presentation on theme: "Chapter 37 Obtaining Vital Signs and Measurements Medical Assisting"— Presentation transcript:

1 Chapter 37 Obtaining Vital Signs and Measurements Medical Assisting
PowerPoint® presentation to accompany: Medical Assisting Third Edition Booth, Whicker, Wyman, Pugh, Thompson

2 Learning Outcomes 37.1 Recognize common terminology and abbreviations used in documenting and discussing vital signs. 37.2 Describe the instruments used to measure vital signs and body measurements. 37.3 Explain the procedure used to measure vital signs and body measurements.

3 Introduction Body measurements Vital signs Height Temperature Weight
Head circumference Vital signs Temperature Pulse Respirations Blood pressure Vital signs and body measurements are used to evaluate health problems. Accuracy is essential.

4 Vital Signs Provide information about patient’s overall condition
Taken at each visit and compared to baseline Use Standard Precautions Protected health information – HIPAA

5 Vital Signs: Temperature
Febrile – body temperature above patient’s normal range Fever – sign of inflammation or infection Hyperpyrexia – extremely high temperature Afebrile – normal body temperature Body temperature varies with time of day

6 Vital Signs: Temperature (cont.)
Measurements Degrees Fahrenheit (°F) Degrees Celsius (centigrade; °C) Normal adult oral temperature 98.6°F 37°C Tympanic Oral Temperature Routes Rectal Axillary Temporal

7 Vital Signs: Temperature (cont.)
Measured using either electronic or disposable Electronic digital Accurate, fast, easy to read Comfortable for the patient Tympanic Temporal Disposable Single use Less accurate Disposable sheaths are used with electronic thermometers to prevent cross-contamination.

8 Vital Signs: Temperature (cont.)
Route Normal Range ºF / ºC Sites Oral 98.6 ºF / 37.0 ºC Mouth Tympanic 99.6 ºF / 37.6 ºC Ear Rectal Rectum Axillary 97.6 ºF / 36.6 ºC Axilla (armpit)

9 Vital Signs: Taking Temperatures
Measure to nearest tenth of a degree Oral temperatures Wait at least 15 minutes after eating, drinking, or smoking Place under tongue in either pocket just off-center in lower jaw

10 Vital Signs: Taking Temperatures (cont.)
Tympanic temperatures Proper technique essential Adult – pull ear up and back Child – pull ear down and back Fast, easy to use, and preferred in pediatric offices

11 Vital Signs: Taking Temperatures (cont.)
Rectal remperatures Standard precaution – gloves Patient is positioned on side (left side preferred) or stomach Lubricate tip of thermometer Slowly and gently insert tip into anus ½ inch for infants 1 inch for adults Hold thermometer in place while temperature is taken

12 Vital Signs: Taking Temperatures (cont.)
Axillary temperatures Place patient in seated or lying position Place tip of thermometer in middle of axilla with shaft facing forward Probe must touch skin on all sides Temporal temperatures Temporal scanner Noninvasive, quick Stroke scanner across forehead, crossing over the temporal artery

13 Vital Signs: Taking Temperatures (cont.)
Children Take temperature last if child cries or becomes agitated Agitation will cause pulse, respiration, and blood pressure to elevate Oral not appropriate for children under 5 years old

14 Vital Signs: Pulse and Respiration
Linkage Circulatory Pulse Respiratory Respirations Pulse and respirations are related because the heart and lungs work together. Normally, an increase or decrease in one causes the same effect on the other.

15 Vital Signs: Pulse Pulse – number of times the heart beats in 1 minute
Respiration – number of times a patient breaths in 1 minute One breath = one inhalation and one exhalation Ratio of pulse to respirations is 4:1

16 Vital Signs: Pulse (cont.)
Indirect measurement of cardiac output Problems if Tachycardia Bradycardia Weak Irregular Sites of measurement Adults – radial artery Children – brachial artery (antecubital space) Apex of heart 5th intercostal space directly below center of left clavical Apical pulse taken with a stethoscope

17 Vital Signs: Pulse (cont.)
Locate pulse by pressing lightly with index and middle finger pads at the pulse site Count the number of beats felt in 1 minute If regular – may count beats for 30 seconds and multiply by 2

18 Vital signs: Pulse (cont.)
Regular Pulse Rhythm Irregular Pulse Rhythm Count for 30 seconds, then multiply by (a rate of 35 beats in seconds equals a pulse rate of 70 beats/minute) Count for one full minute May use stethoscope to listen for apical pulse and count for a full minute Click for Sound Click for Sound

19 Vital Signs: Pulse (cont.)
Electronic devices Blood pressure machines Pulse oxymetry Infrared light measures pulse and oxygen levels Report oxygen level below 92% not improved by deep breathing

20 Vital Signs: Respiration
Respiratory rate – indication of how well the body provides oxygen to the tissues Check by watching, listening, or feeling movement 1 inhalation + 1 exhalation = 1 respiration

21 Vital Signs: Respiration (cont.)
Normal Respiratory Rates (26-40) (20-30) (18-24) (16-24) (12-20) (12-24) NOTE: Ranges reflect breaths per minute

22 Vital Signs: Respiration (cont.)
Check respirations Look, listen, and feel for movement of air Count with a stethoscope Count for one full minute Rate Rhythm – regular Effort (quality) – normal, shallow, or deep NOTE: If patients are aware that you are counting respirations, they may unintentionally alter their breathing.

23 Vital Signs: Respiration (cont.)
Irregularities – indication of possible disease Hyperventilation – excessive rate and depth Dyspnea – difficult or painful breathing Tachypnea – rapid breathing Hyperpnea – abnormally rapid or deep breathing

24 Vital Signs: Respiration (cont.)
Other irregularities Rales (noisy) Constriction or blockage of bronchial passages Pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, or other pulmonary disease Cheyne-Stokes respirations Periods of increasing and decreasing depth of respiration between periods of apnea Strokes, head injuries, brain tumors, congestive heart failure Apnea – absence of breathing

25 Vital Signs: Blood Pressure
The force at which blood is pumped against the walls of the arteries (mmHg) Two pressure measurements Systolic pressure – measure of pressure when left ventricle contracts Diastolic pressure Measure of pressure when heart relaxes Minimum pressure exerted against the artery walls at all times

26 Vital Signs: Blood Pressure (cont.)
120/80 Systolic Pressure Contraction of left ventricle Top or first number Diastolic Pressure Heart at rest Bottom or second number

27 Vital Signs: Blood Pressure (cont.)
Low blood pressure Normal for some people Severely low blood pressure readings occur with: Shock Heart failure Severe burns Excessive bleeding High blood pressure readings Major contributor to heart attacks and strokes Hypertension Hypotension

28 Vital Signs: Blood Pressure (cont.)
Equipment Sphygmomanometer Inflatable cuff Pressure bulb or other device for inflating cuff Manometer Types of sphygmomanometers Aneroid Electronic Mercury

29 Vital Signs: Blood Pressure (cont.)
Aneroid sphygmomanometers Circular gauge for registering pressure Each line 2 mmHg Very accurate Must be checked, serviced, and calibrated every 3 to 6 months

30 Vital Signs: Blood Pressure (cont.)
Electronic sphygmomanometers Provides a digital readout of the blood pressure No stethoscope is needed Easy to use Maintain equipment according to manufacturer’s instructions

31 Vital Signs: Blood Pressure (cont.)
Mercury sphygmomanometers A column of mercury rises with an increased pressure as the cuff is inflated No longer available for purchase If in use, must be checked, serviced, and calibrated every 6 to 12 months

32 Vital Signs: Blood Pressure (cont.)
Earpieces Binaurals Rubber or plastic tubing Bell Chestpiece Diaphragm Stethoscope Amplifies body sounds Earpieces Binaurals and tubing Chestpiece Bell – low-pitched sounds Diaphragm – high-pitched sounds

33 Vital Signs: Blood Pressure (cont.)
Measuring blood pressure Place cuff on the upper arm above the brachial pulse site Inflate cuff about 30 mmHg above palpatory result or approximately 180 mmHg to 200 mmHg Release the air in cuff and listen for the first heartbeat (systolic pressure) and the last heartbeat (diastolic pressure) Record results with systolic as the top number and diastolic as the bottom number (i.e., 120/76)

34 Vital Signs: Blood Pressure (cont.)
Special considerations in adults Post exercise, ambulatory disabilities, obese, known blood pressure problems Anxiety or stress Avoid measurement in an arm Injury or blocked artery is present History of mastectomy on that side Implanted device is under the skin Proper cuff size – improper size results in inaccurate reading

35 Vital Signs: Blood Pressure (cont.)
Special considerations in children Not routinely taken on each visit Take before other tests or procedures Cuff size important Palpatory method not used with children Heartbeat may be heard to zero; record diastolic when strong heartbeat becomes muffled

36 Vital Signs: Orthostatic or Postural Hypotension
Blood pressure becomes low and pulse increases when the patient moves from lying to standing Indicates fluid loss or malfunction of cardiovascular system Vital signs are taken in different positions Positive tilt test – increase in pulse > 10 bpm and a drop in BP > 20 mmHg

37 Apply Your Knowledge Correct!
You are about to take the temperature of a 6-month-old infant being seen at the pediatrician’s office for vomiting and diarrhea. Which route will you use and why? What special considerations do you need to keep in mind with this specific patient situation and why? Answer: Route would be either tympanic or temporal since a 6-month-old would not be able to hold the thermometer under his/her tongue. Special considerations include: Taking the temperature after the pulse and respirations. For the tympanic thermometer, use proper technique and pull the ear down and back. Use Standard Precautions to prevent the spread of microorganisms.

38 Apply Your Knowledge Correct!
A 26-year-old athlete visits the medical office for a routine checkup. The medical assistant takes T-P-R and obtains the following: Temperature 98.8°F, Pulse 52 beats/minute, and Respirations 18/minute. What should the medical assistant do about these results? ANSWER: The temperature and pulse are within the normal range. The pulse of 52 is below the normal range. Check the patient’s previous vital sign results. Some patients, especially athletes, normally have a low pulse rate, so these results may be within normal limits for this patient.

39 Apply Your Knowledge 3 FOR 3! Very Good!
A 67-year-old patient is in the medical office complaining of a headache. The blood pressure reading is 212/142. What should the medical assistant do in this situation? ANSWER: This blood pressure reading is very high and should be reported to the physician at once. The complaint of headache should also be reported to the physician. Hypertension is a major contributor to stroke and heart attacks. 3 FOR 3! Very Good!

40 Body Measurements Infant measurements Adults and older children Length
Weight Head circumference Adults and older children Height Weight Provide baseline values for current condition and enable monitoring of growth and development of children.

41 Body Measurements (cont.)
Adult weight Taken at each office visit Record to nearest quarter of a pound Height of adults Taken on initial visit and yearly thereafter Height bar on scale Record to nearest quarter of an inch

42 Body Measurements (cont.)
Weight of children and infants Children Adult scales if able to stand Held by an adult using the adult scale, and subtract adult weight from total to yield child’s weight Infants Infant scales

43 Body Measurements (cont.)
Height of children and infants Children Height bar on scale Wall charts Infants Length measured at each visit Built-in bar on exam table Tape measure or yardstick

44 Body Measurements (cont.)
Head circumference of infants An important measure of growth and development Tape measure is placed around head at its largest circumference to obtain measurement

45 Body Measurements (cont.)
Other measurements Diameter of limb – measure both to determine difference in size Wound, bruise, or other injury – length and width to evaluate healing process Chest circumference in infants Abdominal girth in adults

46 Apply Your Knowledge Correct!
The medical assistant is about to weigh a 6-month-old infant using the infant scale. When the medical assistant places the infant on the scale she notices the diaper is very soiled. What should the medical assistant do? ANSWER: The diaper could be changed prior to weighing. However, if the infant is weighed with the soiled diaper, the medical assistant should weigh the diaper after weighing the infant and subtract the difference to obtain the infant’s accurate weight. Correct!

47 In Summary Medical assistant
Measure and record vital signs, weight, and height Information is important to patient outcomes Accuracy of data Proper technique Same equipment for each measurement

48 End of Chapter End of Chapter 37 One way to get high blood pressure is to go mountain climbing over molehills. ~ Earl Wilson

Download ppt "Chapter 37 Obtaining Vital Signs and Measurements Medical Assisting"

Similar presentations

Ads by Google