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The vital signs – heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, respiration rate, and pain – communicate important information about the physiological status of the human body. In this six-part course we explore the anatomy and physiology underlying the vital signs so that you will develop a systematic, integrated understanding of how the body functions. Relevant body systems are reviewed including cardiovascular and respiratory, followed by explanations of how the function of these systems affects vital signs. We discuss normal ranges, normal variants, and the mechanisms that underlie changes in the objective measurement of vital signs. The course also includes demonstrations of appropriate techniques for measuring vital signs in yourself and others. The course is designed for a broad, general audience but will be particularly interesting for individuals working in healthcare, those considering a career as a healthcare professional, lay caregivers, those with an interest in personal health and fitness, or anyone who simply wants to understand how the body functions....
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Subtitles: English, Catalan, Russian, Dutch

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Dolor AssessmentMetabolic PathwaysVital SignsPain Management
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Suggested: 3-5 hours/week

Approx. 15 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English, Catalan, Russian, Dutch

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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3 hours to complete

Week 1: Pulse/Heart Rate

This week we start our exploration of the vital signs with a look at the heart. We'll study the basic structure of the heart, think about how the heart pumps blood through the body, and learn how clinicians assess and think about heart rate and the pulse. ...
Reading
10 videos (Total 104 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
1.2a Your Beating Heart 10m
1.2b ECG Demonstration 12m
1.3a Heart Valves, Part 1 8m
1.3b Heart Valves, Part 2 9m
1.3c Assessing Heart Rate Demonstration 8m
1.4a Cardiac Cycle, Part 1 6m
1.4b Cardiac Cycle, Part 2 13m
1.4c Assessing Pulse Demonstration 6m
1.5 Cardiac Output 12m
Reading4 readings
Week 1 Lecture Outline10m
Week 1 In-Video Quizzes10m
Optional Readings10m
Lecture Transcripts (SRT Files)10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz46m

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2 hours to complete

Week 2: Blood Pressure

During week 2 we will learn about the anatomy of the blood vessels and how they function. You will have a better understanding of systolic and diastolic blood pressure, mean arterial pressure, and assessing blood pressure accurately. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 65 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
2.2 Blood Vessel Structure 15m
2.3 Blood Circulation 10m
2.4a Maintaining Blood Flow 11m
2.4b Assessing Blood Pressure Demonstration 11m
2.5 Blood Pressure Regulation 8m
Reading4 readings
Week 2 Lecture Outline10m
Week 2 In-video Quizzes10m
Optional Readings10m
Lecture Transcripts (SRT Files)10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz40m

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Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Week 3: Metabolism

This week we will explore metabolism. We will discuss anabolism and catabolism, basal metabolic rate, how the body generates heat. You will also have a better understanding of how health care providers assess metabolic rate. ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 53 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
3.2a Cellular Respiration, Part 1 6m
3.2b Cellular Respiration, Part 2 13m
3.3 Assessing Metabolic Rate Demonstration 14m
3.4 Metabolic Lab Discussion5m
Reading4 readings
Week 3 Lecture Outline10m
Week 3 In-video Quizzes10m
Optional Readings10m
Lecture Transcripts (SRT Files)10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz44m

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3 hours to complete

Week 4: Temperature

During week 4 you will learn the definition of mean body temperature and how the body regulates temperature. We will discuss hypothermia and the difference between hyperthermia and fever. Lastly, you will learn how to assess body temperature....
Reading
5 videos (Total 71 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
4.2 Maintaining Body Temperature 15m
4.3 Hypothermia & Hyperthermia18m
4.4 Fever 8m
4.5 Assessing Body Temperature Demonstration 10m
Reading4 readings
Week 4 Lecture Outline10m
Week 4 In-video Quizzes10m
Optional Readings10m
Lecture Transcripts (SRT Files)10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 4 Quiz42m
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Top Reviews

By TBAug 16th 2018

Great Course ! It provides important information regarding anatomy and physiology of the main systems in our body. The video lectures are very interactive and Dr. Scanga has a great ability to teach.

By DBJun 30th 2017

I really enjoyed to the professor and the idea of learning the material with her students. It made me feel as if I was in the classroom learning with them. She broke down the material in a great way.

Instructor

Connie B. Scanga, PhD

Practice Professor
School of Nursing

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania (commonly referred to as Penn) is a private university, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. A member of the Ivy League, Penn is the fourth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States, and considers itself to be the first university in the United States with both undergraduate and graduate studies. ...

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