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This is a discussion on Please Help! What does ∆ms mean? in General Nursing Student, part of Nursing Student ... One of my patients' admitting diagnosis was respiratory failure, GI bleed, and ∆ms. I have no idea...by ArmyTwinRN Sep 15, '12One of my patients' admitting diagnosis was respiratory failure, GI bleed, and ∆ms. I have no idea what ∆ms means. I initially thought of multiple sclerosis but the triangle symbol is throwing me off. I'm working on a careplan and I want to make sure my care is thorough. Thanks for your help. Next time, I'll just ask...
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- Sep 15, '12 by Sun0408Do you think the triangle was a sloppy A, meaning AMS altered mental status ??? Never saw that in a dx before.
- Sep 15, '12 by Sun0408or a change in mental status.. The triangle means change so maybe
I really don't know, just guessing at this point.
- Sep 15, '12 by ShadowPlanetTriangles usually indicate a change in something. As for the MS, it may refer to their mental state.
I know for sure the triangle is a change symbol, I've used it in chemistry and math, as well as general biology. I'm doing prerequisites though so I have no confidence in my answer for MS.
- Sep 15, '12 by ArmyTwinRNOMG! You are RIGHT! My patient came in with a change in mental status! You are a life saver!!! THANK YOU...THANK YOU...THANK YOU! I'll always remember that from now on
- Sep 15, '12 by ArmyTwinRNThanks! You are right! I guess I learned that at some point before I started nursing school, LOL! I'm completing my last semester and I guess I lost some things along the way
- Sep 15, '12 by ImKosherYeah that's what I thought as well. AMS is very popular among diagnosis. I'm glad you figured it out.
- Sep 17, '12 by fctxsChange in mental status or altered mental status
- Sep 17, '12 by GrnTeaThat's not a triangle, that's a delta, the mathematical sign for "change in" or "difference." You'll see it a lot in documentation. It's read out loud as "Delta."
"AMS" is common diagnosis in your facility, IMKosher? Scary business. Now you can tell them what it really means-- and it's not really an "A."Last edit by GrnTea on Sep 17, '12