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What is the first step?
Begin by taking blood pressure
How is that done?
Using the cuff, and a stethescope, find the brachial artery, and put the artery arrow on the cuff near it. Then put either yor two index fingers or a stethecope on the artery. then, pump up the prssure to around 200 mm. Hg. If using the stethescope, release air until the artery can be heard again. The number at which that occours is the systolic pressure. Then, when the noise dies out, note that number, as it is the diastolic pressure. If using index fingers, wait until pulse can be felt again. This is the systolic pressure. This method does not produce a diastolic pressure.
What is next?
Then take a pulse by palpating the radial artery for 15 seconds and counting the number of beats. At the end of that 15 seconds, multiply the number by four(4) to get your pulse rate. This method only works, however, if the pulse is strong and regular. If this is not the case, then go to the brachial artery. If that still does not work, then try the carotid artery. If an unstable pulse is presnet there, begin CPR.
What comes after that?
Auscilltate lung sounds.
How is this done?
Using the stethescope, listen at the mid-clavicular line at the 2nd intercostal space. Also listen at the axillary line at the 5th intercostal space.
What comes after this?
Palpatation of the forehead to determine skin conditon.
How is that done?
Using the back of one's hand, gauge the relative temperature of the patient's forehead, skin moisture, and