Temperature, Pulse and Respiration Measurments

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Temperature, Pulse and Respiration Measurement

Making decisions is something we do everyday of our lives. We make decisions for ourselves and for other people. We may make mistakes, take risks and even decide to do something, which is not particularly in our best interest, or even the best interests of others. Using judgment of the context and circumstances that prevail and deciding on a particular course of action is not something that is limited to the workplace setting. Decisions are not made in isolation from the context in which they are made, and will influenced by the Government’s agenda, the patient’s agenda (which may be different to their family’s/carer’s agenda), the nurse’s professional agenda, the current context of health care, including issues of choice, responsibility, partnership and resources.

In the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (2004) Code of Professional Conduct, a range of professional and ethical issues are addressed, including the need for practitioners— to respect the patient as an individual, to obtain consent before the implementation of any assessment/treatment or care, to cooperate with others in the team, to protect confidential information, and to act to identify and minimize risk to patients.

Temperature, pulse, respirations (and blood pressure) are the vital signs, which indicate the body’s ability to regulate body temperature, maintain blood flow, and oxygenate body tissues. Vital signs indicate patients’ responses to physical, environmental, and psychological stressors. Vital signs may reveal sudden changes in a patient’s condition. A change in one vital sign can detect a change in another vital sign. The nurse’s findings aid in determining whether it is necessary to assess specific body systems more thoroughly. The nurse must be able to measure vital signs correctly, to understand and interpret the values, to begin

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