Thursday, April 21, 2016

Objective and Subjective Information?

When an EMT is dealing with a Prehospital Care Report they are going to come across the patients narrative. If you remember from my previous EMT Refresher Training post I discussed that a patients narrative included patients chief complaint, patient history, signs, symptoms, Objective information and subjective information. What exactly are these last two items on the PCR?

Objective Information
Measurable or verifiable information. A sign or symptom of an illness.

Subjective Information
Individuals perception or interpretation of a medical illness.

I for one don't understand why an EMT would need Subjective Information. I feel that the Objective information would be more helpful in the care of the patient. But perhaps the subjective information can give more insight to what is really going on with the patient if certain signs and symptoms are not showing.

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