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Breathing that requires visibly increased effort; characterized by grunting, stridor, and use of accessory muscles.
labored breathing
A subjective finding that the patient feels but that can be identified only by the patient.
symptom
Bluish-gray skin color that is caused by reduced oxygen levels in the blood.
cyanosis
A method of assessing a patient's level of consciousness by determining whether a patient is Awake and alert, responsive to Verbal stimulus or Pain, or Unresponsive; used principally in the initial assessment.
AVPU scale
An abnormal position to keep the airway open; it involves leaning forward onto two arms stretched forward.
tripod position
A heart rate of less than 60 beats/min in children or less than 80 beats/min in infants.
bradycardia
A method of evaluating level of consciousness that uses a scoring system for neurologic responses to specific stimuli.
Glasgow Coma Scale
Breathing in a patient that occurs with no assistance.
spontaneous respirations
Blood pressure that is higher than the normal range.
hypertension
The reason a patient called for help; also, the patient's response to general questions such as "What's wrong?" or "What happened?"
chief complaint
The key signs that are used to evaluate the patient's overall condition, including respirations, pulse, blood pressure, level of consciousness, and skin characteristics.
vital signs
Rapid heart rhythm, more than 100 beats/min.
tachycardia