This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Child Temperature Recording Essay

1326 words - 5 pages

In adherence with the Nursing and Midwifery Code (2008) consent has been obtained from all individuals involved and information will be under strict confidentiality. A qualified mentor supervised all patient procedures; the individuals concerned were made aware I was a nursing student, as per the ‘Guidance for Students’ of NMC code.

This essay is to reflect on a clinical nursing skill of which I have gained experience of during clinical placement on an acute paediatric ward. Of the various proficiencies required of a child nurse, the monitoring and recording of a child’s temperature is a skill where accurate record keeping is evidentially important. The British Journal of Nursing has advised us of the clinical and legal significance of record keeping and the linked improvements in patient care. The following documents the processes of caring for a child with a fever in hospital up until their discharge home.

Assessment

Within a 12 hour period I have monitored a child under 5 years old who had a febrile convulsion at home and was admitted with a fever. Supervised by my mentor, I proceeded to gain a set of baseline observations by recording the child’s vital signs. Baseline observations are defined as being the ‘Information or data gathered at the beginning of a period from which variations that subsequently develop are compared’ (Medicine Net).
Vital Signs are defined as ‘the temperature, pulse of heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and capillary refill time of a person’. These signs enable the assessment of the level of functioning of a person
(Surgery Encyclopaedia 2007). The recording of vital signs must be accurate and clear, it is a fundamental aspect of delivering good quality patient care
(Vital Signs for Nurses 2011). The most accurate method to record the human body temperature is rectally however, The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence recommends that temperature is measured using a Tympanic thermometer in children under the age of 5 years as it is a more convenient and less intrusive manner in taking a temperature. The tympanic membrane is located in the ear, the blood vessels covering the membrane are close to the core temperature of the body but not as accurate as a rectal reading (Fundamental & Advanced Nursing Skills).
The core and body surface temperature can differ by 0.5c° under normal circumstances (Casey 2000). The core or ‘set point’ as determined by the hypothalamus is the body’s internal temperature. A child under five is considered to be ‘pyrexial’ with a high temperature with a reading in excess of 38.5c° (NHS 2010). Consideration should be made to the human body temperature being lower in the morning due to the body resting overnight and the temperature is higher at night due to the muscular activity and food consumption during the day (The Physics Factbook).
Prior to performing any procedures on the child I gained consent from the parents in accordance with the Nursing and...

Find Another Essay On Child Temperature Recording

On the Function and Evolution of Sleep

1525 words - 6 pages deprived of sleep. A rat prevented from sleeping will lose the ability to maintain body temperature and die in about three weeks, showing no evidence of physiological damage (1). In humans, sleep deprivation impairs thinking and suppresses the immune system. But why this deterioration take place is less clear, and the object of disagreeing theories. This essay will try to explain the function of sleep based on what is now known, and attempt to shed

The Case of Sarah: Bilateral-Pneumonia Essay

1240 words - 5 pages characterised in patients with a chesty cough, pyrexia, tachypnoea, cyanosis and cackling or wheezy sounds on lung auscultation (Paul S. 2011, Hoving P. and Brand P. 2013) There are two types of pneumonia, hospital-acquired and community-acquired; the type of pneumonia Sarah was diagnosed with was community-acquired pneumonia as she was a healthy child before being contracting it (Paul SP. et al. 2011). One patient problem, with which Sarah presented to

Sleep and Grades

1080 words - 5 pages Sleep deprivation is something that every adult, teenager, and child has suffered from at some point in their lives. Being deprived of sleep has negative effects on mood, productivity, immunity against infection, weight, reaction time, memory, blood pressure, and many other things. (Psych textbook pg 90) But what effect does it have on the test scores of teenagers? Most teenagers say they wish that they could get more sleep during the week and

Early Child Development

4344 words - 17 pages begin to focus by then, then an optometrist should be seen. A defect that is found in premature babies is retinopathy. This is a defect that is caused by the blood vessels of the eyes growing irregularly, due to the baby not fully developing before birth. A Visual Evoked Potential (VEP) test can test a baby’s vision by recording brain waves while the child looks at a pattern on a screen. Preferential Looking is another way to test vision using

Respiratory Function / Dysfunction

2244 words - 9 pages of the lungs is called ventilation; this is the function of the lungs.Figure2.Inflamed AirwayAsthma is a chronic lung disease, in which asthmatics have repeated attacks of coughing (which is usually worse at night), wheezing (which may not always be present), noisy breathing (especially in younger children), shortness of breath (during or after vigorous exercise) and chest tightness (a child may not be able to describe this symptom easily). These

Mobile Technology in Education

2192 words - 9 pages surfaces around them. This weakens the urban heat island effect so that areas don’t get to high in temperature. Lastly, the trees that are saved will provide more oxygen for humans. Tablets and PCs present a new, interesting, and creative way to learn. Features such as: voice recognition, slide show presentations, and note taking make tablets and PCs versatile and favorable tools for students. (Grisham). Tablets with audio and video recording

Supernatural

2239 words - 9 pages temperature, a thought hits you. It's so obvious, you can't believe you haven't thought it before: Great women and men of the faith think differently than the rest of us. By the time you're dressed and heading for breakfast, you're sure of it. The reason some women and men of faith rise above the rest, you decide, is that they think and pray differently than those around them. Is it possible that God wants you to be "selfish" in your

Nursing Careers

2071 words - 9 pages process. This process is "described as an orderly, systematic manner of determining the clients health status, specifying problems defined as alterations in human need fulfillment, and making plans to solve them". In easier terms, the nursing process is assessing the patient by taking temperature, blood pressure, and recording results and symptoms; planning the steps the nurse will need to take to make the patient more comfortable and on the road to

Drugs, Alcohol, Adults, and Kids

4135 words - 17 pages highs lasts 5 and 10 minutes. Cocaine also elevates your heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. By injecting these drugs you could adopt Hepatitis or AIDS if you share needles with other users. Snorting can also put a hole inside the lining of your nose. First time users, even teens, of both cocaine and crack can stop breathing or have fatal heart attacks. These drugs are highly addictive, and as a result, the drug, not

Our World's Oceans: Their Importance to Our Planet

6239 words - 25 pages work during my employ at University of Maine School of Marine Science's Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System (GoMOOS). There I had:* responsibility for completing various tasks in preparation of buoy deployment;* assisted with deployment and recovery of the GoMOOS buoys;* assisted the computer programmer scientist with instructing and testing of computer systems of those buoys and,* assisted with taking water samples specifically the temperature

Thomas Edison

3759 words - 15 pages system, an experimental electric railroad, and key elements of motion-picture apparatus, as well as a host of other inventions. Edison was the seventh and last child--the fourth surviving--of Samuel Edison, Jr., and Nancy Elliot Edison. At an early age he developed hearing problems, which have been variously attributed but were most likely due to a familial tendency to mastoiditis. Whatever the cause, Edison's deafness strongly influenced his

Similar Essays

Monitoring A Child's Temperature Essay

2082 words - 8 pages placement on an acute paediatric ward. Of the many skills required of a child nurse the monitoring and recording of a child’s temperature is a skill where accurate record keeping is evidentially important. The British Journal of Nursing has advised us of the clinical and legal significance of record keeping and the linked improvements in patient care. The following piece is the documented processes of caring for a child with a fever in hospital up

Global Warming And Its Consequences Essay

736 words - 3 pages The NOAA refers to “global warming” as an increase in Earth’s air temperatures near the surface. Each year a global average temperature is produce from thermometer readings all around the world. The recorded temperatures show that the Earth has warmed 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit. They have been recording temperatures from 1880 and these records showed the biggest increase since 1976. “Climate change” refers to a long term change in the environmental

Relflective Account Essay

2226 words - 9 pages calibration and hygienic, including a pen and TPR (temperature, pulse and respiration) sheet to record my vital signs. Vital signs are recorded upon arrival to the admissions ward and measuring and recording patient’s vital signs accurately is significant as this can give nurses an indication of the patient’s physiological state (Castledine. 2006). When entering cubicle 6 I smiled and politely introduced myself, clarifying that I was a student nurse

Death Investigation Laws In Texas Note: This Information Was Really Hard To Find, I Hope It's Useful!

4323 words - 17 pages Statutes Regarding Death Investigations and the Determination of Cause & Manner of Death in TexasA. Investigative Tools and EquipmentB. Arriving at the SceneC. Documenting and Arriving at the SceneD. Documenting and Evaluating the BodyE. Establishing and Recording Decadent Profile InformationF. Completing the Scene InformationA. Investigative Tools and Equipment1. Gloves (Universal Precautions