A revised versions of this course is now available. New features include exercises at the end of each Part. Please begin  using the new version at your earliest convenience. This one will remain available until August, 2014.

Select a Lesson

Part 1 -- Initial Assessment
1-1 Initial Assessment


Part 2 -- Temperature
2-1 General Information
2-2 Thermometers
2-3 Taking Temperatures
2-4 Taking Oral Temperatures
2-5 Taking Rectal Temperatures
2-6 Taking Axillary Temperatures


Part 3 -- Pulse
3-1 General Information
3-2 Taking the Pulse


Part 4 -- Breathing
4-1 General Information
4-1 Assessment of Breathing


Part 5 -- Blood Pressure
5-1 General Information
5-2 Blood Pressure Equipment
5-3 Taking Blood Pressure

Vital (life) signs are very important.  They tell you and other medical personnel about the patient's present condition.  By maintaining a record of a patient's vital signs, the effectiveness of the medical treatment that the patient receives can be evaluated.  This course provides you with information you need in order to take a person's vital signs.


This course is derived from the original work, Taking Vital Signs, Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam Houston, Texas

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015