Will this be the dumbest question ever posted?
When I go to the doctor, they take blood pressure and pulse. I know they are not checking my pulse for the full 60 seconds like we were taught to do for the skills test. They do the 15 seconds and multiply by 4 probably. Also, I can never recall them checking my respiration rate but if they are they aren't doing that for a full 60 seconds either.
When taking the skills test, do we actually feel the radial pulse for a full 60 seconds and then write that down?
And then do we take the respiration rate for another 60 seconds and write that down? And what do we actually do while watching the patient breathe? I've been looking at the patient's clothing and watching for folds of fabric in their shirts or tops to move. Doesn't just staring at someone for a full minute bother them? If I tell them what I'm doing, they might alter their breathing pattern. If I don't tell them, what are they thinking? If I hold their wrist like I'm taking their pulse (again) wouldn't that seem odd?