Certified nursing assistants are medical professionals who offer care and attention to the patients in health-care facilities. They work for the betterment in the health conditions of patients by providing them assistance in carrying out daily routine, moving around room and so on. One more important function of the certified nursing aides is to take vital signs of the patients. They have to observe and note sown the daily changes in resident's condition and report them to the senior authorities. If you are working as a CNA, you might face difficulties while taking such major signs. Here are some points that can help you to take signs in a perfect manner:

  • If you notice that patient is facing difficulty in breathing, then it is called as dyspnea. Hyper dyspnea is dangerous for the patient's health.

  • It is advisable to use the axillary method for measuring a patient's temperature

  • If you want to count the respiration rate, make sure that you count both the inspiration and expiration. A full one round of respiration includes both these activities.

  • As a CNA, you have to count the pulse rate on a daily basis. It is advisable to use the radial ( wrist) artery as it is a place where the pulse can be felt clearly. Another suggestion is the carotid artery which is near the throat.

  • If you are measuring the temperature, you should know that the normal body temperature of an adult is around 98.6 F. If you notice drastic fluctuations in temperature, then this should be informed to the nurse immediately.

  • If you have orders to assess the TPR every 2 or 3 hours, then you should measure the temperature, pulse rate and respiration

  • The average heart beat rate for an adult is 60 to 80 beats per minute. If it is more than the normal measurement, it can be a result of hyper activity, emotional instability or use of medicines.

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