CNS v CMS

  1. Alright....I'm confused! Time to ask the experts!

    I have heard instructors use the term "CNS Check" and "CMS Check". What exactly is the difference? Am I misunderstanding the term? If they are separate, how do these checks differ? This has actually been bugging me for awhile but I thought I would have found it in a textbook by now. I have also tried searching on the internet for "CMS Check" but came up with nothing, go figure. :imbar

    Thanks in advance!
    •  
  2. 3 Comments

  3. by   suzanne4
    Circulation, Motor, Sensory

    Are you doing a rotation on an orthopedic floor by any chance? These are terms used quite often there. Circulation check to the toes or fingers by capillary refill, etc. Movement of fingers and/or toes. Is sensation intact?

    Hope that this helps...................
  4. by   Tweety
    Now I'm circious as to what CNS check means. Is it a neurovascaular check? What does it mean?

    I agree CMS is circulation, movement and sensation, very common in ortho.
  5. by   elkpark
    I'm used to "CNS" check being another term for neuro checks (central nervous system), and "CMS" being circulation, motor function, sensation (ortho)

close