Day 4 is Thursday. I don’t have to work the weekends unless I want to work a Saturday or Sunday. The great part of my job is that although I’m the only SLP for our area (job security!) I have a lot of flexibility! I can schedule myself Tuesday through Saturday or Sunday through Thursday if I want to take off some time through the week and not use PTO.
I mentioned in previous posts that we have to take vitals for every patient. There is a required section in our paperwork where we put in the patient’s vitals and we have a vital log in the home that we complete every visit so that the patient has a recorded list of their vitals.
We take blood pressure, temperature, respiratory rate and pulse. We can check oxygen levels if there is a doctors order in the chart. I wasn’t a fan of having to take vitals initially, however I have used that knowledge and the numbers to send 2 patients to the ER. One of whom ended up with a trach due to respiratory distress. It is very important to assess the patient overall prior to any treatment.