The vital signs – heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, respiration rate, and pain – communicate important information about the physiological status of the human body. Relevant body systems are reviewed including cardiovascular and respiratory, followed by explanations of how the function of these systems affects vital signs. You will learn about normal ranges, normal variants, and the mechanisms that underlie changes in the objective measurement of vital signs. The course also includes demonstrations of appropriate techniques for measuring vital signs.

Course Curriculum

Pulse/Heart Rate
Basic Heart Anatomy 00:00:00
The Beating Heart 00:00:00
ECG Demonstration 00:00:00
Heart Valves 00:00:00
Assessing Heart Rate 00:00:00
Cardiac Cycle 00:00:00
Assessing Pulse 00:00:00
Cardiac Output 00:00:00
Blood Pressure
Introduction to the Blood Vessels 00:00:00
Blood Vessel Structure 00:00:00
Blood Circulation 00:00:00
Maintaining Blood Flow 00:00:00
Assessing Blood Pressure 00:00:00
Blood Pressure Regulation 00:00:00
Introduction to Metabolism 00:00:00
Cellular Respiration 00:00:00
Assessing Metabolic Rate 00:00:00
Introduction to Thermoregulation 00:00:00
Maintaining Body Temperature 00:00:00
Hypothermia & Hyperthermia 00:00:00
Fever 00:00:00
Assessing Body Temperature 00:00:00
Respiration Rate
Basic Anatomy of the Respiratory System 00:00:00
Anatomy of Ventilation 00:00:00
The Mechanics of Breathing 00:00:00
Gas Exchange 00:00:00
Regulating Respiration Rate 00:00:00
Assessing Respiration Rate 00:00:00
Assessing Breath Sounds 00:00:00
Anatomy & Physiology of Pain 00:00:00
Types of Pain 00:00:00
Assessing Pain 00:00:00
Social, Cultural & Psychological Influences of Pain 00:00:00
Treatment of Pain 00:00:00
Pain Assessment 00:00:00

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