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Top Tips: Skin #VitalSigns

1. Look at the patient’s face, neck, upper chest and hands to see central and peripheral circulation

2. Not sure if the patient’s skin color is off … look at the patient, look at your partner, look at your patient

3. Anticipate skin color,┬átemperature, and moisture based on the patient’s chief complaint

What are your top tips for skin assessment?

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for EMS1.com, JEMS.com, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, EMSWorld.com and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.