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Measuring Vital Signs: Understanding the Techniques and Importance of Obtaining Accurate results

Measuring Vital Signs

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This 3-hour course is designed to teach the novice learner, or practitioners in need of a refresher course, techniques of asccurately measuring and recording vital signs. The curriculum content includes a discussion of the following vital signs: temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, and pain.

During this course, the participant will:

  • Learn the procedure for measuring vital signs:
    • Temperature
    • Pulse
    • Respiration
    • Blood Pressure
    • Pulse Oximetry
    • Pain Assessment
  • Learn the normal values of vital signs.
  • Learn the meaning of abnormal values of vital signs.
  • Practice measuring and recording vital signs on an adult, child, and infant mannequin.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, the participant will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate use of the proper procedure and equipment to accurately measure and assess these vital signs.
  • Demonstrate these skills on adult, child, and infant mannequins.
  • Recognize normal vital sign values associated with various age groups.
  • Describe factors that can influence vital signs.


  • All healthcare providers


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