Taking Vital Signs
Training Manual - Taking Vital Signs (119 Pages)
Lesson 1 - Initial Assessment
What Are "Vital Signs"?
Initial Assessment and Sample History
Establish Patient Contact
Assessing the Skin
Assessing Level of Consciousness
Lesson 2 - Temperature
Section I. General Information
Why Is It Important to Know the Patient's Temperature
What Is a "Normal" Temperature?
Why Is "Normal Temperature" Given as a Range?
How Is a Person's Body Temperature Regulated?
What Causes Abnormal Temperatures?
Section II. Thermometers
How Is a Person's Temperature Determined
How Does a Glass Thermometer Work?
How Do I Read a Glass Thermometer?
Will a Temperature Go Down Before It Is Read?
Why Are Glass Thermometers Shaken Down?
How Do I "Shake Down" a Glass Thermometer?
How Does an Electric Thermometer Work?
How Do I Read an Electric Thermometer?
Section III. Taking Temperatures
What Parts of the Body Are Used in Determining Temperature?
What Is the Difference Between an Oral Thermometer and a Rectal Thermometer?
Will I Get the Same Temperature Readings for Oral, Axillary and Rectal Temperatures?
When Should I Take an Oral Temperature?
How Do I Take an Oral Temperature with a Glass Thermometer?
How Do I Take an Oral Temperature with an Electric Thermometer?
When Should I Take a Rectal Temperature?
How Do I Take a Rectal Temperature with a Glass Thermometer?
How Do I Take a Rectal Temperature with an Electric Thermometer?
When Should I Take an Axillary Temperature?
How to Take an Axillary Temperature?
How Are Glass Thermometers Decontaminated?
Lesson 3 - Pulse
What Is a Pulse?
What Is Pulse Rate?
What Factors Are Noted When Taking a Patient's Pulse?
Which Artery Is Palpated When a Pulse Is Taken?
How Do I Take a Patient's Pulse?
Lesson 4 - Breathing
What Is Breathing?
What Causes Breathing to Occur?
What Is a Breathing Rate?
What Factors Are Noted When Taking a Patient's Breathing Rate and Quality?
How Do I Assess a Patient's Breathing Rate and Quality?
Why Should the Patient Be Unaware That I Am Assessing His Breathing Rate and Quality?
Lesson 5 - Blood Pressure
What Is Blood Pressure?
What Are Systolic and Diastolic Pressures?
What Facts Affect a Person's Blood Pressure?
What Equipment Is Needed to Measure a Patient's Blood Pressure?
How Does the Air Pressure Inside the Bladder Provide Information About the Blood Pressure?
How Do I Take a Patient's Blood Pressure?
Can I Take a Patient's Blood Pressure Without a Stethoscope?
Lesson 6 - Recording Vital Signs
What Are Some of the Forms on Which Vital Signs Are Recorded?
How Is a Form Completed?
How Is Vital Signs Information Obtained?
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