Flashcards in 8.29 Systems Review Deck (19)
Difference between signs and symptoms
- Signs are objective
- Symptoms are patient reported
When is fatigue considered a red flag?
- interferes with daily activities
- persists for 2-4 weeks or longer
How might fatigue present?
- sleep disturbances
- connective tissue disease
Definition of fever: range
If temperature reaches 103, the pt will no longer:
feel chilled or hot
a substance typically produced by a bacterium, that produces fever when introduced or released into the blood
Other s/s that may occur with fever
What is a huge red flag with fever, especially in the geriatric population?
change in mentation
Refer pt with fever to PCP when:
- fever lasts longer than 2-3 weeks without being seen by physician
- fever is 102 or higher (immediate!)
What part of the brain is the thermostat?
cycle of fever and chills
3. epinephrine secretion
feeling like you are spinning is likely
feeling like the room is spinning around you is likely
spinning is indicative of
Key terms to look for with dizziness and lightheadedness
Key FUPs for dizziness/lightheadness?
- What brins on your symptoms?
- Which positions make your s/s worse?
- Any hearing loss/visual disturbances?
- Have you fallen because of your dizziness?
If laying down alleviates dizziness/lightheadedness, you should think (generally)
vascular (i.e. orthostatic hypotension, vertebral artery insufficiency)
If laying down makes the dizziness/lightheadedness worse, you should think (generally)
vestibular (i.e. BPPV)