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Vital Signs Quiz


In a blood pressure measurement of 132/86, the number 86 is the:
A. Bradycardia
B. Tachycardia
C. Diastolic
D. Systolic

You were assigned to take vital signs on an 80-year-old male nursing home resident who appears to be having a stroke. Vital signs were B/P 152/94,

P 92, R 32, SpO2 89%. Which vital sign reflects a measurement within normal limits?

A. blood pressure

B. pulse

C. pulse oximetry

D. respirations

Pulse rates are most commonly measured at which site?
A. Apical
B. Brachial
C. Carotid
D. Radial

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

Vital signs are important because they…
A. Are a requirement doctors must make for every patient
B. Signify if your brain is functioning properly
C. Are clues for diagnosing illnesses and diseases
D. All choices

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

A patient with tachycardia MOST likely has a/an:
A. Elevated temperature
B. Elevated blood pressure
C. Fast pulse
D. Increased respiratory rate

Which tool is used to measure blood pressure?
A. Arm cuff and stethoscope
B. Thermometer
C. Scale

In order to avoid errors, whose approved list of abbreviations should you use when documenting vital signs?
A. American Medical Association
B. Health Science textbook
C. Board of Nursing
D. Your employer

The breathing rate of the patient
A. Pulse
B. Respirations
C. Temperature
D. Pulse

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

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

12 to 20 represents …

A. the respiratory range for an adult

B. the pulse rate for an adult

C. the temperature ranges for a baby

D. the blood pressure range for an adult

Which artery normally do we take blood pressure?

A. femoral

B. brachial

C. coronal

D. radial

Which statement about the size of a blood pressure cuff is TRUE?
A. The bladder of the cuff needs to cover about 80% of the circumference of the arm.
B. Cuffs should cover about 80% of the length of the upper arm.
C. Blood pressure cuffs are indicated by the age of the patient.
D. Except for infant cuffs, all adults use the same size cuff.

When taking a respiration rate do all of the following EXCEPT

A. watch the chest

B. tell the patient to count

C. count for one minute

D. record respiration rate

a dusky, bluish discoloration of the skin, lips, and/or nail beds

A. rales

B. apnea

C. cyanosis

D. wheezing

What is the respiratory rate of a patient who is observed to have 16 inspirations and 16 expirations?
A. 8
B. 16
C. 32
D. 64

Which of the of the following measurements would you immediately report to the nurse?

A. Blood Pressure: 112/36

B. Pulse: 98

C. Respirations: 18

D. Pulse Ox: 100%

Where is radial (wrist) pulse measured?

A. On the pinky finger side of the patient’s wrist

B. Only on the left wrist

C. In the middle of the wrist

D. On the thumb side of the patient’s wrist

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

You count respirations for how long?
A. 1 minute
B. 5 minutes

You were assigned to take vital signs on an 80-year-old male nursing home resident who was recently admitted after having a stroke. Vital signs were B/P 130/90, T 99 .40 F, P 92, R 32. Which vital sign reflects a measurement within normal limits?
A. Blood pressure
B. Pulse
C. Respirations
D. Temperature

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

A normal Oral temperature is

A. 98.6

B. 99.4

C. 100.2

D. 97


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