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Why do we record vital signs?
Observe any physiological changes so we can intervene 

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What must you do before take any vital signs?
Gain consent 

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When are vital signs checked?
-Intital Assessment
-Before, during and after surgery
-When the patietn is ill
-When a patient is receiving a blood transfusion
-Checking the effectiveness of treatment

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What are the common scoring tools?
-Adult= NEWS2 (National Early Warning Score 2)
-Child= PEWS (paediactric early warnign score)
-Midwifery= Obstetric Early WArning Score

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What is blood pressure?

The force of blood against the walls of the aterial blood vessels.

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What is the increase in pressure called? 
Systole (First reading of blood pressure)

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What is the decrease of pressure called?
Diastole (Second reading of blood pressure)

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What is the mean arterial pressure?
The pressure in the large ateries averaged over time

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How do you calculate blood pressure?
Cardiac output (CO) x Systemtic Vascular Resistance (SVR) 

BP= CO x SVR

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What is cardiac output?
amount of blood pumped by the left ventricle into the aorta per minute

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What is systemic vascular resistance?
When the blood vessels narrow, its vasoconstricted. 
When the blood vessels dilate, its vasodilation.

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What is stroke volume?
Amount of blood ejected from the ventricle during a contraction

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