Nursing, Personal Care Attendant (PCA)

Signs of illness or changes in client’s conditions



1: The personal care attendant spends more time with the patient than any other healthcare worker.

2: This puts the PCA in a prime position to watch for early signs of illness or changes in condition and report to a supervisor, RN, or physician.

3: Vital signs show how well the vital organs of the body, such as the lungs and the heart are performing.

4: Some changes indicate deterioration or illness.

5: An increase in body temperature is a symptom of infection while a decrease can be a symptom of sepsis.