As a Direct Support Professional, or DSP, you contribute to the health and wellbeing of the people you support. Vital signs are an important part of understanding a person's health status. This course describes how to take vital signs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or IDD. The goal of this course is to introduce DSPs in IDD service settings to the process of checking a person’s vital signs.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: The Importance of Vital Signs
Types of Vital Signs
The Value of Vital Signs
Accuracy Is Important
Checking Vital Signs in People with IDD
Section 3: How to Check Vital Signs
How to Measure Temperature
Understanding Temperature Readings
How to Measure Pulse
How to Measure Respiratory Rate
Understanding Respiratory Rate
How to Measure Blood Pressure
Understanding Blood Pressure Readings
Section 4: Conclusion
Katy Kunst received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Master of Business Administration from Elon University. She has 15 years of experience serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their supporters, including roles as direct support professional, program director, and training facilitator. She has created and facilitated training on topics including non-violent crisis interventions, person-centered planning, cultural competence, quality service delivery, regulatory compliance, and a variety of topics related to IDD services. Disclosure: Katy Kunst, MBA, QIDP has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.Reviewer: Susan Heinzerling, BSN, RN, CHPN
Susan Heinzerling earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a Master of Life Sciences in physiology from North Carolina State University. She became a doctoral candidate in immunology at the University of South Alabama. Her research experiences in the biomedical sciences led to an interest in evidence-based practices. Ms. Heinzerling began her nursing career as a medical/surgical nurse. Renal patients in acute care with multiple chronic conditions and repeated hospitalizations inspired her practice of hospice nursing. She has worked as a hospice admissions nurse and a hospice RN case manager in both a large urban setting and a rural community. Disclosure: Susan Heinzerling, BSN, RN, CHPN has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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