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Supplies needed:

  1. watch
  2. pen/paper to record

Procedure:

  1. Knock, greet resident by name and introduce self and title. Explain intended procedure and ask permission.
  2. Excuse self to wash hands and gather supplies. Give call button.
  3. Simulate hand wash and gather supplies
  4. Knock, greet resident by name
  5. CLOSE CURTAIN FOR PRIVACY
  6. Pull chair over - position of patient can be lying or sitting.
  7. locate radial pulse; count for 1 full minute (must be +/- 4 bpm of CSO's count)
  8. Continue (unnoticed) w/ respirations for 1 full minute (must be +/- 2 breaths of CSO's count)
  9. Pretty beds, lower beds, call bell, check comfort, open curtain
  10. Properly record noting any irregularities (strong, weak, regular, irregular)

Testing Checklist:

  • Did candidate support resident's forearm while taking pulse?
  • Count heart rate for 1 full minute?
  • Record w/in 4 bpm of CSO?
  • Count respirations for 1 full minute?
  • Record w/in 2 breaths p/min of CSO?
  • Wash hands before and after?

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