Course Title: Baseline Observations
Course length – 3 hours
Maximum number to attend – 12
This course is aimed at all staff who will be required to undertake baseline observations within their role. This will include normal ranges and potential causes for outside normal range results.The course has practical elements along with a short test at the end.
Introduction – Observations
· Identify and understand the initial baseline observations to be carried out.
What is blood pressure?
Range of blood pressures
High blood pressure
Low blood pressure
Different blood pressure monitors
Practice using manual and digital machine.
· Areas to take a pulse reading
· Ranges of pulse rates, high/low/normal
· Practical on assessing pulse rate
· Understand how temperature is regulated
· Identify where body temperature is taken from
· Explain how temperature is measured
· Identify normal body temperature
· Understand different types of thermometers
· Explain the difference between fever and hypothermia
· Identify possible causes of high/low body temperature
· Explain respiratory rate and normal ventilation.
· Be able to competently record a respiratory rate.
· Practical on assessing respiratory rate
· Understand the use of a pulse oximeter
· Identify normal oxygen level
· Practical using pulse oximeter
· Explain blood glucose levels.
· Understand the need for glucose in the body.
· Identify normal blood glucose levels
· Explain and identify the differences
· Recognise the signs and symptoms of hyperglycaemia / hypoglycaemia.
· Participate in a practical demonstration of blood sugar monitoring.
· Explain what urinalysis is.
· Understand the need for urine analysis
· Identify the common components of a urine dipstick
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