EMT NOTES – 7/11-Taking Vitals

EMT NOTES - 7/11-Taking Vitals 1

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. ┬áThis way, you “trick” the patient into thinking that you are taking their pulse, while observing their breathing. ┬áThis avoids akwardness and inaccurate results due to patient becoming self-consciousness and changing their breathing.

EMT NOTES - 7/11-Taking Vitals 2

Blood Pressure Ranges