Vital Signs: Basic Physical Exam Terminology


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What does the pulse indicate?

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1. What is the normal range for diastolic blood pressure?

2. What is the term for slow breathing?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Vital signs are the indicators that a person is alive, and this worksheet/quiz combination will assess your knowledge of the terminology used when measuring a person's vital signs. Quiz questions are designed to assess your ability to accurately define vocabulary terms as well as identify the meaning of specific vital sign measurements.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz will assess your understanding of the:

  • Normal range for diastolic blood pressure
  • Name for higher than normal temperature
  • Vital sign indicated by calculating a person's pulse
  • Terms for slow breathing and low blood pressure

Skills Practiced

Test these skills by using the worksheet and quiz:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information on terms for examining vital signs from the related lesson
  • Defining key concepts - confirm that you can accurately define main phrases, such as pulse and diastolic blood pressure
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as terms indicating a temperature that is too high or too low
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you have gained regarding the term for slow breathing

Additional Learning

To find out more about terms used to examine vital signs, check out the accompanying video lesson entitled Vital Signs: Basic Physical Exam Terminology. The lesson reviews these key objectives:

  • Learn the four vital signs measured during a physical examination
  • Differentiate between tachycardia and bradycardia
  • Know the methods used to take a patient's temperature
  • Understand conditions that could cause respiration to be abnormal
  • Define sphygmomanometer and identify the two measurements it is designed to calculate