Baseline Observations

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Course Details

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.


Learning Outcome

Assessment Criteria

Introduction   Observations


Blood  Pressure



         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.

Respiratory Rate

         Be able to competently  record a respiratory rate.


         Practical on assessing  respiratory rate

Oxygen Saturation

         Understand the use of a  pulse oximeter

         Identify normal oxygen  level

         Practical using pulse  oximeter

Blood Sugar

         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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