Practice educators and mentors are now expected to have the skills and techniques needed to implement a ‘learning skills through simulation’ program into established curricula, yet using simulation to teach while of huge importance – requires careful and time-consuming planning. This valuable resource takes away some of that burden by providing clear, ready-made activities and guidance from leading practitioners in a range of fields, which healthcare and practice educators and mentors can use to enhance their teaching of all the essential and commonly-taught clinical and management skills and knowledge.

Dedicated chapters, which all follow a defined step-by-step format, provide simulation scenarios, alongside facilitator guidance, which will help develop confidence in the teaching of key skills such as:

Drug administration; Conflict management; Infection control; Breaking bad news; Catheter and bowel care

These scenarios and accompanying guidance can be used as a framework for teaching, promoting a greater understanding of the skill being taught, and providing a risk-free opportunity for the student to practice their clinical and managerial skills and judgment.

Observations: Blood Pressure, Pulse/Heart Rate, Temperature and Neurological Assessment

Observations: Blood pressure, pulse/heart rate, temperature and neurological assessment


The aim of this chapter is to discuss the importance of vital signs observation in healthcare practice.


The healthcare professional will:

  • Be able to discuss the importance of vital signs measurement.
  • Be able to discuss the technique for respiratory rate measurement.
  • Be able to the technique for discuss blood pressure measurement.
  • Be able to discuss the technique for temperature measurement.
  • Be able to discuss the technique for pulse/heart rate measurement.
  • Be able to discuss conscious level assessment.

Box 4.1: Vital Signs

  • Respiratory rate
  • Pulse/heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Temperature
  • Conscious level assessment

The need for healthcare professionals being able to carry out vital sign observations competently, accurately interpret the data and make appropriate decisions is a key factor in reducing the number ...

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