I was thinking a very useful thread for students, new nurses, etc., would be one in which everyone weighs in on most common and/or overlooked reasons for abnormal vitals.
I'm thinking along the lines of:
Hypertension: "white coat" anxiety, stress
Bradycardia: possible baseline for an athlete
Low temp: ensure pt. hasn't recently drank cold fluids
Also, maybe some more commonly seen combinations:
tachycardia and hypotension: dehydration.
Would love to see some of the responses from the seasoned nurses here, maybe see some stuff we never would have thought of.
Feb 11, '14
by not.done.yet, BSN, RN
Low BP, increased respirations, lowering temperature, climbing WBCs, increasing HR....suspect sepsis, particularly if patient is there for any kind of infection.
Low BP, increased respirations, increasing HR, unchanged temperature, patient dizzy, SOB, change in LOC - suspect hemorrhage, esp if patient is there for GI bleed, surgery, cardiac cath
Last edit by not.done.yet on Feb 12, '14