II. Definition

  1. Skin Turgor
    1. Time required for skin to return to position prior to pinching
  2. Skin Tenting
    1. Skin maintains a pinched position for a prolonged period after pinching

III. Protocol

  1. Pinch skin on the lateral abdominal wall at the level of the Umbilicus

IV. Interpretation

  1. Normally, skin typically recoils to its original position instantly after being pinched
  2. Delay in return to normal suggests dehydration

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