Vital signs taken in the emergency room are normally a blood pressure, counting respirations (how many times a person breathes in a minute), pulse (how many times the heart beats in a minute) and temperature. Sometimes, if the patient is complaining of shortness of breath the doctor may order and 02 saturation to me taken. An 02 staturation can be measured by placing a probe on the patients finger or ear lobe. This probe can measure the amount of oxygen that is your blood.
Gregg Greenough, MD
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
Location and Office HoursBrigham & Women's Hospital Emergency Dept
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How can the Cardiac Chain of Survival help someone in cardiac arrest?l
American Red Cross answeredCPR alone may not be enough to help someone survive cardiac arrest. Advanced medical care is needed as soon as possible. A person in cardiac arrest will have the greatest chance of survival if you follow the four links in the Cardiac Chain of Survival.
The Cardiac Chain of Survival has four steps:
- Early recognition and early access to the emergency medical services (EMS) system. The sooner someone calls 9-1-1 or the local emergency number, the sooner EMS personnel will take over.
- Early CPR. CPR helps supply oxygen to the brain and other vital organs. This helps to keep the person alive until an AED is used or advanced medical care is provided.
- Early defibrillation. An electrical shock, called defibrillation, may help to restore an effective heart rhythm.
- Early advanced medical care. EMS personnel provide more advanced medical care and transport the person to a hospital.
What summer activities can I do to stay fit?
Here are 10 fun summer activities that burn calories:
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- Swimming (crawl or butterfly)
- Water polo
- Beach volleyball
- Scuba or skin diving
- Water Skiing
- Swimming (general)
- Golf (without cart)
- Whitewater rafting
- Hang Gliding