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Before taking vital signs on a patient, what should you do FIRST?
a) Close the privacy curtain. b) Explain the procedure. c) Introduce yourself. d) Place the call bell within reach.
In order to avoid errors, whose approved list of abbreviations should you use when documenting vital signs?
a) American Medical Association b) Health Science textbook c) Board of Nursing d) Your employer
How does the pulse rate and respiratory rate of a healthy toddler compare to that of a healty 21-year-old?
a) Higher pulse, equal respirations b) Lower pulse, lower respirations c) Higher pulse, lower respirations d) Higher pulse, higher respirations
The terms, weak and thready, are MOST usually associated with which vital sign measurement?
a) Blood pressure b) Pulse c) Respirations d) Temperature
The terms, deep and shallow are MOST usually associated with which vital sign measurement?
a) Blood pressure b) Pulse c) Respirations d) Temperature
Which thermometer requires to be "shaken down"?
a) Digital b) Electronic c) Glass d) Tympanic
In which procedure is a lubricant required?
a) Aural temperature b) Rectal temperature c) Blood pressure d) Pulse/respirations
A febrile patient will exhibit a/an:
a) Elevated pulse. b) Elevated temperature. c) Normal pulse. d) Normal temperature.
When taking a pulse, why should the thumb NOT be used?
a) The width of the thumb impedes an accurate feel for the pulse. b) The thumb has a pulse and can be confused with the patient's pulse c) The sensation of the thumb is not as good as it is in the middle two fingers. d) There is more dexterity in the fingers than there is in the thumb.
Which statement about the size of a blood pressure cuff is TRUE?
a) The bladder of the cuff needs to cover about 80% of the circumference of the arm. b) Cuffs should cover about 80% of the length of the upper arm. c) Blood pressure cuffs are indicated by the age of the patient. d) Except for infant cuffs, all adults use the same size cuff.
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