A pulse is the arterial palpation of a heartbeat.
In the average adult, the heart beats between 60-100 a minute.
A pulse slower than 60 beats per minute is called bradycardia.
A pulse faster than 100 beats per minute is called tachycardia.
To take a pulse, use your index and medial finger and...
In 1973, the American Hospital Association (AHA) put out a document called “A Patient’s Bill of Rights” which outlined the standard for patient care and treatment in America. While the document has undergone several revisions in subsequent years, the tenants of the bill remain largely unchanged.
As a CNA, you know you’re not allowed to diagnose patients. But you’re more than qualified to know what “completely crazy” looks like when you see it! No matter what nonsense your patients throw at you (and usually “nonsense” comes in the form of food, objects, or worst of all, bodily fluids), th...
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C. diff is a bacteria that causes fever, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and watery diarrhea. It’s spores can live outside the human body on hands and equipment for a very long time, so it can be spread from person to person if proper precautions are not taken. While it sometimes can affect hea...