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    Unhappy Constitutional signs and symptoms

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    Can anyone give me a general description of what this means? Is it the overall appearance of the patient? Can someone give me a breakdown of what I should be looking for in dictation?

    Many thanks!


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    Constitutional would include things such as height, weight, temperature, overall appearance, etc


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    Apr 2007
    Duluth, Minnesota


    "constitutional" is the measurement of any 3 of 7 vitals signs;1) sitting or standing blood pressure, 2) supine blood pressure, 3) pulse rate and regularity, 4)respiration, 5) temperature, 6) height, 7) weight, (may be measured and recorded by ancillary staff)
    also, General appearance of patient (eg, development, nutrition, body habitus, deformities, attention to grooming)
    but it HAS to be any 3 of the 7 vital

    at least this is what I've been taught !
    Donna, CPC, CPC-H

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    Thanks everyone for the quick reply, that clairifies it for me!


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