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 subcourse provides you with information you need in order to take a person’s vital signs.

Subcourse Components:

The subcourse instructional material consists of the following:

Lesson 1: Initial Assessment

Lesson 2: Temperature

Lesson 3: Pulse

Lesson 4: Respiration

Lesson 5: Blood Pressure

Lesson 6: Recording Vital Signs

Study Suggestions:

Here are some suggestions that may be helpful to you in completing this subcourse:

  • Read and study each lesson carefully.
  • Complete the subcourse lesson by lesson. After completing each lesson, work the exercises at the end of the lesson, marking your answers in this booklet.
  • After completing each set of lesson exercises, compare your answers with those on the solution sheet that follows the exercises. If you have answered an exercise incorrectly, check the reference cited after the answer on the solution sheet to determine why your response was not the correct one.

Anyone may take this course for their own education. No enrollment is required, and no course credit is given.

This course was originally developed by the U.S. Army Medical Department as a Correspondence Course for its’ medical and nursing personnel. It has been adapted and reformatted for broader medical education by the Brookside Associates.

Distance Learning for Medical and Nursing Professionals