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Measuring Vital Signs Part 2: Blood Pressure and Pain

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 can indicate important changes in physical and/or emotional conditions.

Duration 17 min
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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 can indicate important changes in physical and/or emotional conditions. Measuring vital signs is a fundamental clinical skill that every nurse needs to master to provide competent patient care.

This two-part Measuring Vital Signs series has been updated 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 second of two programs on measuring vital signs demonstrates and describes the techniques used to accurately measure blood pressure and assess pain.

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:
  • Explain the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure
  • Define the blood pressure ranges for each of the four blood pressure classifications
  • Demonstrate the steps in measuring blood pressure at the brachial artery
  • Identify 5 characteristics of pain
  • Identify tools used to assess pain
Products Specifications
Formats Available DVD
Duration 17 min
Supporting Materials
Language English
Languages Available English
Copyright 2011
Product Categories
Healthcare, Nursing, Vital Signs