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Measuring Vital Signs for Medical Assistants Part 1: Temperature, Pulse, Respiration

Measuring vital signs is one of the fundamental clinical skill that every medical assistant needs to master to provide competent patient care. The measurement of vital signs - including temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure and an assessment of pain - is performed routinely in every healthcare setting. Evaluations of these findings through comparison with previous measurements and established normal ranges can indicate important changes in physical and/or emotional conditions of patients.

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Measuring vital signs is one of the fundamental clinical skill that every medical assistant needs to master to provide competent patient care. The measurement of vital signs - including temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure and an assessment of pain - is performed routinely in every healthcare setting. Evaluations of these findings through comparison with previous measurements and established normal ranges can indicate important changes in physical and/or emotional conditions of patients.

This two-part Measuring Vital Signs series is tailored to the needs of medical assistant in a variety of healthcare settings to provide a fresh look at mastering these basic skills. The series explains the clinical significance of measuring these health indicators and demonstrates the correct techniques for:

  • Measuring temperature
  • Measuring pulse rate
  • Measuring respiration rate
  • Measuring blood pressure
  • Making a pain assessment
Overview

This first of two programs on measuring vital signs demonstrates and describes the techniques used to accurately measure temperature, pulse and respiration in a patient. Measurement of temperature is demonstrated using a variety of thermometers emphasizing the use of electronic, aural (tympanic), and temporal thermometers. Techniques and sites used for measuring the pulse are shown and assessment of the rate, depth, rhythm and quality of respiration is demonstrated.

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Identify the indications for measuring temperature
  • Demonstrate techniques for measuring oral, axillary, and rectal temperature
  • Define pulse
  • Locate five sites on the body to palpate the pulse
  • Demonstrate assessment of both radial and apical pulse
  • Demonstrate assessment of respiration
Products Specifications
Formats Available DVD
Duration 23 min
Supporting Materials
Language English
Languages Available English
Copyright 2013