describing skin turgor

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    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.
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    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.
    Her turgor then would be within normal limits,if it takes longer than just a millisecond then you record it as-skin turgor + 2 (seconds) or whatever number you come up with.
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    Okay this is a great question, I got marked off heavily today on my assessment for using the "good skin turgor" my prof. advised me to use the medical term. Do any one know what its is I am still looking.
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    thanks! bet you can't guess what i'm doing right now..

    Quote from Cubby
    Her turgor then would be within normal limits,if it takes longer than just a millisecond then you record it as-skin turgor + 2 (seconds) or whatever number you come up with.
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    our form says elastic or non elastic
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    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.
    we usually use:
    elastic recoil @ upper chest wall
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    We use tenting/no tenting.
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    I use "elastic" also.
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    We use resilient if it is good...haha did I spell that right? I'm tired!
    For example: "skin is resilient and urine output is 45ml/hr" on a post-op pt at risk for dehydration,etc.
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    We are supposed to measure in seconds. Good is <3 sec. Anything over that we have to measure. Say, "turgor = 6 seconds; poor" or something to that effect. But they want to see a number.


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