However, there are several situations in which this is NOT gonna work our for you. Say, you work at a nursing home and you find your patient in bed cold and pulseless. Note the lividity. Yeah. I'm not saying don't send this corpse over here, because, obviously, you're never gonna stop doing that, but at least don't send this corpse over here with a report sheet with the vitals as follows- BP 110.72 HR68 RR 14 SPo2 98% because this person is wicked dead and dead people don't have vital signs. K thanks.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Now, I hope no one here loses too much respect for me when I admit that I, on occasion, take visual vitals as opposed to the generally accepted actual vital signs. Calm down. I'm not talking all the time, very rarely, in fact. But, if I'm in fast track, I have 5 more discharges to do, I've been stuck on team lazy and you're a young person here for an STD with no medical problems who just got your vital signs taken in triage an hour and a half ago... yeah. I might just have to take your visual vitals so I can go pee. Sorry. I'm not saying it's right, but dude, sometimes that's the way things go.