Quantcast Alert and oriented. - Taking Vital Signs

Share on Google+Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on TwitterShare on DiggShare on Stumble Upon
Custom Search
 
  
 
a. AVPU. The AVPU scale is a rapid method of assessing LOC. The patient's
LOC is reported as A, V, P, or U.
(1)
A: Alert and oriented.
(a) Signifies orientation to person, place, time, and event. Ask your
patient simple open ended questions that can not be answered with yes or no to
determine the LOC. For example, "Where are you right now?" and "What time is it?"
Do not ask your patient, "Do you know were you are right now?" since this can be
answered with a yes or no.
(b)  If the patient is alert, you can reported your results as a patient
oriented score from 1 (lowest) to 4 (highest), noting any areas not oriented to. For
example, you can state the patient is "A and O X 4" (fully alert and oriented) or "A and O
x 2 and does not know time and place."
(2)  V: Responds to verbal stimulus. This indicates that your patient only
responds when verbally prompted. It is also important to note if the patient makes
appropriate or inappropriate responses. If you ask your patient, "What is your name?"
and he responds with, "Flaming monkeys," this would be an inappropriate response and
shows that although he responds to verbal, he is not appropriately oriented.
(a) Response to normal voice stimuli.
(b) Response to loud voice stimuli.
(3)
P: Responds to pain.
(a) Use if patient does not respond to verbal stimuli.
(b) Gently but firmly pinch patient's skin.
(c)
Note if patient moans or withdraws from the stimulus.
U: Unresponsive.
(4)
(a)
If the patient does not respond to painful stimulus on one side, try
the other side.
(b) A patient who remains flaccid without moving or making a sound is
unresponsive.
NOTE:
Anything below Alert is unconscious; from there we need to determine how
unconscious the patient is. A patient can be unconscious with response to
stimuli or unresponsive.
MD0531
1-6



Medical News
American Ebola doc: 'I am thrilled to be alive'
Calling it a "miraculous day," an American doctor infected with...
medicalxpress.com
Smaller Is Better for Preventing Hospital Admissions (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Smaller primary care physician practices -- those...
medpagetoday.com
Instant noodles carry health risks for women: study
Women who eat instant noodles, like Ramen, at least two...
medicalxpress.com
Extracorporeal support can significantly increase number of organs for transplant
Using heart-lung support technology, the University of Michigan's Transplant Center...
medicalxpress.com
Low birth weight linked to higher incidence of type 2 diabetes in African American women
African American women born at a low or very low...
medicalxpress.com
Playing hunger games: Are gamified health apps putting odds in your favor?
For many people, finding motivation to exercise is a challenge....
medicalxpress.com
Treatment for overactive bladder and irritable bowel syndrome advanced through pioneering research
Researchers at the University of Surrey have discovered how the...
medicalxpress.com
Apixaban OK'd for Treating, Preventing VTE
(MedPage Today) -- The FDA has approved the oral anticoagulant...
medpagetoday.com
Do Antacids Pose Infection Risk in Kids? (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Pediatric patients treated with acid-suppression drugs had...
medpagetoday.com
Polio Shot Adds Oomph to Oral Vaccine
(MedPage Today) -- Two polio vaccines are better than one,...
medpagetoday.com
Coronary calcium predicts heart disease risk in patients with chronic kidney disease
Calcium buildup in the coronary arteries may be a better...
medicalxpress.com
EHRs: How Vulnerable to Theft?
(MedPage Today) -- Recent hacking attacks have raised questions about...
medpagetoday.com
Study shows number of American teens using sunscreen is declining
Despite an increase in cases of melanoma, the most dangerous...
scopeblog.stanford.edu
TeleStroke units improve stroke care in underserved areas
Using telecommunications to connect stroke experts to stroke patients in...
medicalxpress.com
Vision loss adversely affects daily function which can increase risk for death
Vision loss can adversely affect the ability of older adults...
medicalxpress.com
Surgery associated with better survival for patients with advanced laryngeal cancer
Patients with advanced laryngeal cancer appear to have better survival...
medicalxpress.com
Racial disparities in breast-feeding may start with hospitals, study suggests
(HealthDay)—Black mothers are less likely than white moms to breast-feed...
medicalxpress.com
Fewer US teens using sunscreen, study finds
(HealthDay)—The number of U.S. teens using sunscreen dropped nearly 12...
medicalxpress.com
Ethical experts urge 'fair' sharing of Ebola test drugs as doctors cured
The limited doses of Ebola trial drugs must not be...
medicalxpress.com
New drug may fight serious respiratory virus in infants
(HealthDay)—An experimental drug shows promise in treating respiratory syncytial virus...
medicalxpress.com
 


Privacy Statement - Copyright Information. - Contact Us

comments powered by Disqus

Integrated Publishing, Inc.
9438 US Hwy 19N #311 Port Richey, FL 34668

Phone For Parts Inquiries: (727) 755-3260
Google +