less than greater than question

  1. ok, call me daffy if you will but I can never remember whether this is > greater than or this is< the reason I asked is my instructer had me put capillary refill is >3sec is that right?
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  3. by   sbic56
    I used to have problems with that all the time!!

    > is greater

    < is lesser
  4. by   MishlB
    Just remember the less than sign looks like an "L"....<
    Hope this helps!!!
  5. by   memphispanda
    Ok...I learned a really dumb method of remembering this. LOL
    Picture the < as a mouth. The mouth always wants to eat the bigger number. So >3 means that the number is greater than 3, and <3 means that the number is less than 3.
  6. by   maeyken
    Never say it's dumb!! That's how I remember it too... I remember actually drawing teeth on them when I was little... My teacher always wondered why I was so slow at math......
  7. by   sbic56
    Hehe...well as long as we're sharing memory tricks...here's mine on the greater/lesser than symbols:

    When I was growing up, there was no GREATER desire for little girls, than to have breasts or " > "

    Worked for me!!
  8. by   nurse-in-boots
    i learned that if the point was facing left "<" then less than. I too learned the bigger boobs one! I always wanted more " >" he he he...
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    I learned that less than looks like an "L" . . . <

    That seemed the easiest for me.
  10. by   meownsmile
    I found if i remember that the side that has the most distance between the lines, (greater distance) will be the biggest number.

    Hence,, a temp >101 (greater thAN 101)
    Patient has maintained a temp < 100.0 (less than 100)
    good luck,,
  11. by   RNIAM
    Thanks so much everyone. I will remember it !
  12. by   TeresaRN2b
    Originally posted by memphispanda
    Ok...I learned a really dumb method of remembering this. LOL
    Picture the < as a mouth. The mouth always wants to eat the bigger number. So >3 means that the number is greater than 3, and <3 means that the number is less than 3.
    That's how I learned it too. We had the big alligator mouth eating the bigger number. It's one of those things that I always remember now.
  13. by   rnmi2004
    I do what Mishi does---you can make the < (Less than) sign with your Left thumb & index finger.
  14. by   BBFRN
    Originally posted by maeyken
    Never say it's dumb!! That's how I remember it too... I remember actually drawing teeth on them when I was little... My teacher always wondered why I was so slow at math......
    :chuckle I used to do that, too!!! Forgot all about it until now!:chuckle

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