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Vital Signs: Understanding What the Body Is Telling Us, University of Pennsylvania

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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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Sep 30, 2018

Yes, it is very useful to me and I will suggest to my friends to take this course. My sincere Thanks to Connie B. Scanga, PhD, she taken the all lecture clearly and her lecture was easy to understand.


Aug 16, 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.

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By José Encarnación Sanjuán Zamora

Mar 22, 2019

Excelente curso, mi agradecimiento para los profesores y para todos los que hacen posible este curso, que Dios los bendiga


Mar 18, 2019

Good information

By Karla Adriana Padilla rico

Mar 18, 2019

Excellent teachers and make the understanding of the human body and signs really aprochable

By Erin-Michelle Luhks

Mar 11, 2019

It was an excellent intro to physiology grounded in practice, with great labs and case studies that forced you to think of patients and their health in meaningful and useful ways.

By Josue David Santana Carvajal

Mar 10, 2019

great course

By abdikadir mohamed dirie

Mar 08, 2019

i really liked this course its more understandable smart thanks to professor

By Nguyen Vu Hong Phuc

Mar 08, 2019

really good

By pushpendrapal singh bhati

Mar 06, 2019

very useful course for understanding

By dakshini

Mar 04, 2019

That teacher is perfect.

By Mohammad Awad

Mar 02, 2019

it was realy a nice experiance i am so glad that i was able to get this course and so thankfull