describing skin turgor

  1. 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. Visit  Cubby profile page
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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.
  4. Visit  kimhaw profile page
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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.
  5. Visit  snwflknurse profile page
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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.
  6. Visit  lil' girl profile page
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    our form says elastic or non elastic
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  7. Visit  Gerbil profile page
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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
  8. Visit  kellyo profile page
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    We use tenting/no tenting.
  9. Visit  rnmi2004 profile page
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    I use "elastic" also.
  10. Visit  jaimealmostRN profile page
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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.
  11. Visit  RedSox33RN profile page
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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.
  12. Visit  Tony35NYC profile page
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    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. Visit  belladelicious profile page
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    I always say brisk.
  14. Visit  Truly_Blessed profile page
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    ours is also tenting/not tenting


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