Paramedics' Process of Checking Vital Signs: Temperature and Blood Pressure

1198 Words Jan 6th, 2018 5 Pages
Essential to this process is checking the individual's vital signs for indicators of stability, trauma, chronic conditions or signs of imminent concerns. Because factors as important as diagnosis and course of treatment may be shaped by this information, recording vital signs is time sensitive, calls for accuracy and should be accompanied by communicative bedside manner where appropriate. This latter factor is especially important in making connections between occurrences in a patient's vital signs and feelings or experiences that the patient can describe. In the course of this term's applied lessons, I gained a great deal of experience checking temperature and blood pressure in patients. The discussion here measures my own experiences against the existing standards and procedures in practice today.
Several critical steps must be taken before the performance of vital sign checking, regardless of setting. First and foremost, all steps must be taken to ensure sanitary conditions, including all appropriate hand-washing and assurance of the sterility of equipment. Additional preparatory steps in the case of temperature checking include the appropriate level of training and instruction with the selected thermometer.…