Taking physiological measurements are a practical activity. This programme aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding that underpins the taking and recording physiological measurements as part of the individuals care plan. However, it cannot teach you the practical skills which are required to perform the job effectively and safely.
Part of the learning processes for this module requires you to investigate the legislation, policies, procedures and protocols which affect your work particularly in relation to: 1. taking physiological measurements 2. health and safety and infection control measures 3. handling of equipment 4. accountability and responsibility for checking equipment.
It is possible that there may be areas in which the guidance given in this unit differs from your workplace policies and procedures. In such instances, please discuss matters with your manager and, if needed, refer directly to the relevant National Standards and Regulations.
Please note that your responsibility to record physiological measurements may at some stage change in accordance with the service user’s condition, for example, when care and such procedures become the registered practitioner’s responsibility.
Background information about the various measurements indicated is given first, providing foundation knowledge for the rest of the programme.
Throughout the programme, you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of these elements through activities.