Everyone should know that there are ways you can check for someone’s vitals. There are ways you can see if a person is conscious so you could have an idea of what to do next. An objective for checking someones vitals is to establish treatment for that subject usually upon admission to a hospital or even for treatment.
People get frantic when they don’t realize that vital signs can be observed, monitored, or measured. Not everything requires computers as well as machines because when the two did not exist, how do you think doctors got about? Starting with …
When I placed my hand on the student’s wrist positioning my fingers under his thumb, I was checking for his Radial Pulse. Our Objective in doing so is to hold the artery in place between our fingers and the bone underneath it.
In my opinion and it’s obviousness, this is less invasive as well as typical for the case I was in. Now, if there is an absence of rhythm where our fingers are placed, generally it means that the subjects systolic blood pressure had fallen below 80 which could result to or be a result of aortic abnormalities, vascular compromise, atherosclerosis and compartment syndrome. If the student I was tending to had an injury in his arm, or any other patient of someone trying to check vitals, an accurate reading can still be detected through the radial pulse procedure.
Above are the other pulse points emergency respondents are aware of other than radial pulse.
Pulse counting is when we’d hold the pulse for about a minute then we’d calculate how many beats we’ve gotten in that minute. The normal pulse for healthy adults ranges from 60 to 100 beats per minute. the strength or weakness of the pulse indicates overall heart-health
This is to check for any kind of fever or hypothermia. In my case, I was checking to see if my subject was dead or alive. However with this, a thermometer should be at hand. Body temperature can vary depending on the gender (females when during their menstrual cycle), recent activity, food and fluid consumption, and time of the day.
However, normal temperature can range from 97.8° F to to 99° F.
Normal Respiration would be 15-20 breaths per minutes. Respiration rates over 25 breaths per minute or under 12 breaths per minute (when at rest) may be considered abnormal You pay very close attention to the amount of times the person’s chest rises. Respiration rates may increase with fever, illness, and with other medical conditions. When checking respiration, it is important to also note whether a person has any difficulty breathing.
This is measured with a blood pressure cuff with my favorite, a stethoscope. As previous posts indicated, In doing so we are checking for systolic as well as diastolic pressure. With a monitor, a cuff is placed level with the heart and wrapped firmly but not tightly around the arm one inch above the elbow over the Brachial artery. The subject should be relaxed. When I check my parents Blood pressure, I make sure they sit down at the table and are well rested for about Three minutes, then I proceed to take their pressure.
High blood pressure in adults (Hypertension) is 140 mm Hg or greater systolic pressure and/or 90 mm Hg or greater diastolic pressure.
Pre-hypertension is 120 mm Hg – 139 mm Hg systolic pressure and/or 80 mm Hg – 89 mm Hg diastolic pressure
Normal Blood Pressure is Less than 120 mm Hg systolic pressure and less than 80 mm Hg diastolic pressure
Like I said with or without the equipment, some part of the vitals can be measured, observed, or monitored by an individual, not necessarily a Physician.