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29 Cards in this Set

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Vital signs
Outward signs of what is going on inside the body including respiration; pulse; skin color; temperature and condition
the rhythmic beats felt as the heart pumps blood through the arteries
pulse rate
the number of pulse beats per minute
a rapid pulse; a pulse rate above 100bpm
a slow pulse; any pulse rate below 60 bpm
pulse quality
the rhythms and force of the pulse
radial pulse
the pulse felt at the wrist
brachial pulse
the pulse felt in the upper arm
carotid pulse
the pulse felt along the large carotid artery on either side of the neck
the act of breathing in and breathing out
respiratory rate
the number of beaths taken in one minute
respiratory quality
the normal or abmormal characters of breathing
respiratory rhythms
the regualr or irregular spacing of breaths
the black center of the eye
gets larger
gets smaller
in the pupils of the eyes, reacting to light by changing size
blood pressure
the force of the blood against the walls of the blood vessels
systolic blood pressure
the pressure created when the heart contracts and forces blood out into the arties
distolic blood pressure
the pressure remaining in the arteries when the left ventricle of the heart is relaxed and refilling
the cuff and gauge used to measure blood pressure
brachial artery
the major artery of the arm
listing. a stethoscope is used to auscultate for characteristic sounds
touching or feeling. a pulse or blood pressure may be palpated with the fingertips
pulse oximeter
an electronic device for determining the amount of oxygen carried in the blood, known as the oxygen sautartion
oxygen saturation
the ratio of the amount of oxygen present in the blood to the amount present in the blood to the amount that could be carried expressed as a percentage
an indication of a patient's condition that is objective or can be observed by another person; an indication that can be seen, heard, smelled or felt by the EMT-B or others
an indication of a patient's condition that cannot be observed by another person but rather is subjective or felt and reported by the patient
SAMPLE History
the present and past midical history of a patient, so called because the elements of the history began with the letters of the word samples: signs/symptoms, allergies, medications, pertinent past history, last oral intake, events leading to the injury or illness.