The office basics is the medical assistant or nurse getting your vital signs.
Temperature. This means the patient's temperature will be taken. This can be done by inserting a thermometer into the mouth, under the arm, or in the rectum. New products now allow for temperatures to be taken via the ear and across the forehead.
Respirations. The patients' breathing will be assessed. One breath is air going in and out to equal one respiration. The respirations will be counted for 15, 30, or 60 seconds depending on the need and office setting.
Pulse. The pulse is the pressure on the flow of blood in the wrist or any area on the body that blood runs back and forth. By applying pressure to a blood flow area, pulses can be felt and counted. The pulse can also be counted via a machine applied to the finger. The pulse is counted for 15, 30, or 60 seconds.
Blood pressure. This is application of wrapping the arm with material that will begin squeezing the arm. Pressure on a dial will be heard by with the use of a stethoscope.
Oxygen Saturation (SaO2) is conducted by a small machine on the finger. It detects the oxygen in the blood and gives an amount on the display.
The vital signs can relate to the provider and patient what the condition is of each of the systems evaluated, help diagnosis health problems or confirm you are healthy.
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