3.3.1 Overview

Occasionally, emergent situations will arise in health care contexts—whether you are in a client’s home or in a long-term care facility. As a health care provider, you must be able to quickly and accurately identify when an emergency is occurring and respond appropriately. Although each situation is unique, this chapter includes some of the most common types of emergent issues that will require immediate response.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify when there is a need for immediate emergency care and initiate appropriate protocols.

Key Terms

When learning about observation and problem solving, it is essential to first look at the terminology to ensure that you understand everything clearly. These terms will be used throughout this book, so it is important to take the time to master them and practice your recall often.

  • Vital signs
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • Do Not Resuscitate (DNR)

Whenever these terms are first introduced in this chapter, they are bolded. However, if you need additional information about a term than what is provided here, you can research it in The Free Dictionary: Medical Dictionary.


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