This module provides an overview of the importance of body measurements and vital signs. Students learn about body measurements for adults and infants and methods and equipment for taking and recording temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure.
In this activity, students use and care for electronic thermometers with sheaths, tympanic thermometers with probe covers, stethoscopes, sphygmomanometers, scales with height bars and alcohol wipes.
Unit: Vital Signs and Body Measurements
In this unit, students will learn about: vital signs and body measurements and their importance to overall health. They will learn how to identify, measure, and record patient height and weight.
1. Vital Signs
2. Body Measurements
In this unit, students will learn about: body temperature and factors that may affect it as they explore ways to take patient temperature using glass thermometers and taking oral and tympanic temperatures.
2. Glass/Mercury Thermometers
3. Oral Temperature
4. Tympanic Temperature
In this unit, students will learn about: pulse as they describe pulse rate and rhythm and take and record radial and apical pulse.
2. Radial Pulse
3. Apical Pulse
In this unit, students will learn about: respiration as they describe respiration rate, character, and rhythm, identify normal and abnormal respirations, and take and record respirations.
Unit: Blood Pressure
In this unit, students will learn about: blood pressure, systolic and diastolic readings, and normal and abnormal blood pressures and take and record blood pressure with a sphygmomanometer.
1. Blood Pressure
Unit: Reflection Questions and Discussion
In this activity, students will journal about ranges for vital signs and when they should be reported; how to select the appropriate temperature measurement method; and treating patients with respect and empathy. A class discussion can follow.
Unit: Examining Vital Signs
In this activity, students: measure, record and graph vital signs; evaluate the information; and identify factors that may affect vital signs.
Unit: Current Event
Students will review articles for information related to a topic in the module. Once an article is found, students complete a Current Event form.