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Vital Signs Quiz


Which number is the brachial pulse?
A.     2
B.     6
C.     4
D.     5

The terms, deep or shallow, are MOST usually associated with which vital sign measurement?
A. Blood pressure
B. Pulse
C. Respirations
D. Temperature

In which procedure is lubricant required?
A. Aural temperature
B. Rectal temperature
C. Blood pressure
D. Pulse/respirations

When assessing Mrs. Jefferson’s pain level, she tells you that her pain is 8/10. What should the nurse aide do next?

A. Tell the nurse.

B. Give Mrs. Jefferson her prescribed pain medication.

C. Ask Mrs. Jefferson where is the location of the pain.

D. Ask Mrs. Jefferson why she is in pain.

What is the pulse?

A. Taking oxygen into the body through the lungs.

B. The average body temperature in human beings.

C. Number of heartbeats per minute.

Identify the pulse points at letter e
A.     temporal
B.     radial
C.     brachial
D.     popliteal

If a patient has been drinking hot coffee you should wait____ before taking a temp
A. 5 mins
B. 15mins
C. 20 mins
D. 10 mins

we used this tool for …
A.     measuring the patients pain level
B.     taking the BP
C.     counting the respirations
D.     taking the pulse

difficult or labored breathing

A. bradypnea

B. dyspnea

C. orthopnea

D. tachypnea

A fast heart beat, over 100 bpm

A. tachycardia

B. bradycardia

C. tachypnea

D. bradypnea

A normal Oral temperature is

A. 98.6

B. 99.4

C. 100.2

D. 97

Is the blood pressure in the picture normal?
A.     Yes
B.     No

The number on the bottom of a BP reading measures…
A. Pressure during a heart contraction
B. Pressure between heart beats
C. Pressure of the blood vessels on the blood
D. Thickness of blood

High blood pressure

A. diastolic pressure

B. systolic pressure

C. hypotension

D. hypertension

A nursing assistant notes a patient’s blood pressure to be 148/96. Which is the BEST action the assistant can take?
A. Tell the patient the blood pressure reading
B. Report the reading to the patient’s nurse
C. Wait 15 minutes and repeat the procedure
D. Immediately repeat the procedure in the other arm

Which thermometer requires it be “shaken down”?
A. Digital
B. Electronic
C. Glass
D. Tympanic

Which of the following is the normal range for pulse?

a. 60-100

b. 80-100

c. 12-20

d. 60-80

What vital sign is being shown?
A.     Body temperature
B.     Blood pressure
C.     Pulse rate
D.     Respiration rate

Identify the pulse points at letter i
A.     temporal
B.     brachial
C.     pedal
D.     carotid

When taking a pulse, why should the thumb NOT be used?
A. The width of the thumb impedes an accurate feel for the pulse
B. The thumb has a pulse and can be confused with the patient’s pulse
C. The sensation of the thumb is not as good as it is in the middle two fingers
D. There is more dexterity in the fingers than there is in the thumb

The following are routes to take a temperature EXCEPT …

A. oral

B. temporal

C. axillary

D. femoral

Mrs. Palmer has a blood pressure of 110/56. The 56 is the ______ pressure
A. diastolic
B. systolic
C. low
D. static

What is the BP in the picture?
A.     220/110
B.     216/100
C.     216/110
D.     216/90

If you have an elevated one of these, you may have a fever. Which vital sign attributes to a fever?
A. Heart rate
B. Blood pressure
C. Temperature
D. Respiration rate

You assess a pulse of 24 for 15 seconds, what is the pulse rate for one minute?
A. 48/minute
B. 96/minute
C. 108/minute
D. 120/minute


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