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Obtain Vital Signs - Pediatric

$20 / per module


Vital signs are always obtained during a routine well-child examination, and are also important for assessing symptoms, detecting anomalies, or for monitoring pediatric patients who are undergoing treatment. This module provides a detailed introduction to the process of obtaining pediatric vital signs, covering body temperatures, pulse rates, respiratory rates, and blood pressures. Including both Learn and Test modes, the online simulator offers three different scenarios that test your ability to prepare for and assess pediatric vital signs; each covers temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure. Practice the steps of the procedure as often as you want until you are confident. This module is based on the entry-level competencies for which the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) test the Medical Assistant.

You’ll learn

  • key medical terminology
  • the normal values for pediatric vital signs, including average body temperatures (aural, temporal, rectal and axillary), pulse rates (apical and brachial), respiratory rates, and blood pressures
  • to visualize the relevant anatomy used to assess pediatric vital signs – heart and lungs - with our 3D anatomy model
  • how to prepare for taking a child’s vital signs
  • to practice and perfect your skills in obtaining and recording accurate temperatures and appropriate pulse rates, volume, and rhythm
  • how to obtain and record pediatric blood pressure and respiration rate accurately
  • much more (see Content Details for more specific information)

Materials Included:

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  • video_iconVideo
  • anatomy_iconAnatomy
  • simulation_iconSimulation
  • quiz_iconQuiz
Step 1 - Preparation
Step 1.1 - Equipment preparation
Step 1.2 - Medical assistant preparation
Step 1.3 - Patient preparation
Step 2 - Obtain the child’s temperature
Step 2.1 - Temporal temperature
Step 2.2 - Aural temperature
Step 2.3 - Axillary temperature
Step 2.4 - Rectal temperature
Step 3 - Obtain the child's pulse
Step 3.1 - Apical pulse
Step 3.2 - Brachial pulse
Step 4 - Obtain the child's respiratory rate
Step 5 - Obtain the child's blood pressure
Step 5.1 - Select an arm and cuff
Step 5.2 - Position the cuff
Step 5.3 - Estimate the systolic pressure
Step 5.4 - Obtain the blood pressure
Step 5.5 - Complete the blood pressure reading
Step 5.6 - Automatic blood pressure cuff
Step 6 - Obtain oxygen saturation level using pulse oximetry
Step 7 - Complete the procedure
  • Describe pre-procedure considerations for taking pediatric vital signs.
  • Describe and demonstrate the preparation for taking pediatric vital signs.
  • Define normal values for pediatric vital signs, including average body temperature, pulse rates, respiratory rates, and blood pressure.
  • Understand and describe factors that affect body temperature, pulse rates, respiration rates, and blood pressure.
  • Describe and demonstrate how to take pediatric aural and axillary temperature accurately.
  • Describe and demonstrate how to obtain pediatric apical and brachial pulse rate, volume, and rhythm accurately.
  • Describe and demonstrate how to obtain pediatric respiration rate accurately.
  • Describe and demonstrate how to obtain an accurate pediatric blood pressure reading and how to differentiate the Korotkoff phases.
  • Understand and apply Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.
  • Describe and demonstrate correct post-procedure considerations.
  • Define and demonstrate correct recording and reporting.
  • Define and use related medical terminology.
  • Explain the Patient Privacy Rule (HIPAA) and Patient Safety Act and Patients' Bill of Rights.

The SIMTICS modules are all easy to use and web-based. This means they are available at any time as long as the learner has an internet connection. No special hardware or other equipment is required, other than a computer mouse for use in the simulations. Each of the SIMTICS modules covers one specific procedure or topic in detail. Each module contains:

  • an online simulation (available in Learn and Test modes)
  • descriptive text, which explains exactly how to perform that particular procedure including
  • 2D images and a 3D model of applied anatomy for that particular topic
  • a step by step video demonstration by an expert
  • a quiz
  • a personal logbook that keeps track of all the modules the learner has studied and how long

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