Clinical decision making

  1. What does Acuity mean?
    the severity and acuteness of your pts condition
  2. What is a protocol?
    a standard that includes general and specific principles for managing certain pt conditions
  3. What is a Standing Order?
    Treatment you can perform before contacting med control
  4. What is a Algoithm
    Schematic flow chart that outlines appropriate care for specific signs and symptoms
  5. What are the six "r"s?
    • Read the scene
    • Read the pt
    • React
    • Re-Evaluate
    • Revise the management plan
    • Review your performance
  6. What is Facilitation?
    Useing eye contact with a pt ( active listening)
  7. What benefits does Reflection have?
    Repeating the pts words may lead to them to give more details
  8. What is Clarification?
    Ask for it ( can you discribe it better?)
  9. Empathy is important why?
    Using statements such as " i can't imagine" or " that must have been difficult" show an understanding of your pts illness.
  10. Confrontation is used when?
    When a pt denys pain...but keeps rubbing the area. Tell them you see it.
  11. When will you use interpretation?
    After confontating a pt its important to ask questions.... you say it doesnt hurt but you keep rubbing it. are you afraid you're having a heart attack?
  12. OPQRST?
    • Onset of the problem
    • Provocative/ Palliative factores
    • Quality
    • Region/ Radiation
    • Severity
    • Time
  13. what size BP cuff should be used?
    2/3 length of upper arm
  14. What are some abnormal Spine conditions?
    • Lordosis -sway back
    • Kyphosis - humpback
    • scoliosis- lateral curve
  15. What could an irragular pulse pattern mean?
  16. Check all pulses why?
    There may be medial pulses but no lateral pulses....heart beat is weak touch lightly
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