describing skin turgor

  1. 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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  3. by   Cubby
    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.
  4. by   kimhaw
    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.
  5. by   snwflknurse
    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.
  6. by   lil' girl
    our form says elastic or non elastic
  7. by   Gerbil
    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
  8. by   kellyo
    We use tenting/no tenting.
  9. by   rnmi2004
    I use "elastic" also.
  10. by   jaimealmostRN
    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.
  11. by   RedSox33RN
    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.
  12. by   Tony35NYC
    Hi,

    We're not allowed to use the words "normal" or "abnormal" in our assessments because, we're told, they don't mean anything. You have to say "elastic" or "non-elastic" and if there's tenting you note that, too.
  13. by   belladelicious
    I always say brisk.
  14. by   Truly_Blessed
    ours is also tenting/not tenting

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