describing skin turgor - page 2

Maybe I should know this, but how do you describe skin turgor in terms of measurement? Is it just normal or abnormal? Moderate? What are the standards for measurement. My clinical patient this... Read More

  1. by   ZootRN
    Ours is brisk or elastic.
  2. by   mavnurse
    We write "instant recoil at clavicle" (or wherever) or "skin recoil <2 secs at clavicle). HTH!
  3. by   NewEnglandRN
    Where are you taught to assess skin turgor? Back of hand, arm, clavicle, etc.? It's so great this post came out when it did as I was wondering the same thing.

    Thanks,
  4. by   snwflknurse
    We were taught to assess turgor at the back of the hand. Glad I'm not the only one not knowing this! Take care.
    Quote from MichelleinMA
    Where are you taught to assess skin turgor? Back of hand, arm, clavicle, etc.? It's so great this post came out when it did as I was wondering the same thing.

    Thanks,
  5. by   RainDreamer
    When I assess for skin turgor I do back of the hand, sternum, or forehead..... at least one of these, and sometimes all of them.
  6. by   caligirl
    I say "tenting/no tenting" but at our hospital for charting there is moist and doughy
  7. by   MickyB-RN
    Quote from snwflknurse
    Maybe I should know this, but how do you describe skin turgor in terms of measurement? Is it just normal or abnormal? Moderate? What are the standards for measurement. My clinical patient this week, when I pinched her skin, it took like 1/2 a second to fall back down.
    Thanks.
    I usually describe it as, skin turgor sluggish or brisk.


    Kelly
  8. by   segamon
    Quote from caligirl
    ...but at our hospital for charting there is moist and doughy
    lol, doughy skin turgor! =D

    segamon
  9. by   queenjean
    Our assessment form has elastic/nonelastic/tenting in that category.

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