Highlander Help

EMT NOTES

7/11-Taking Vitals

Using the Stethoscope


  • if having trouble hearing heart sounds-stethoscope/cuff may be in wrong spot

  • road vibrations in ambulance can alter BP reading from automatic machines
  • To get respiratory rate:
    • pretend that you are taking pulse and bring their wrist near their chest so that you can observe their breathing.  This way, you "trick" the patient into thinking that you are taking their pulse, while observing their breathing.  This avoids akwardness and inaccurate results due to patient becoming self-consciousness and changing their breathing.  

Blood Pressure Ranges