Introduction to Vital Sign Interpretation


This course has been designed with specific cases in mind to help build a student's Vital Sign interpretation skills.


Case 001
3m 17s
961 | Acute onset, fatigue, chest pain and shortness of breath
1 min 21 sec
957 | Acute onset, bradycardia
2 min 21 sec
956 | Acute Onset, Chest Pain and Dyspnea with Underlying Sickle Cell Anemia
1 min 24 sec
819 | Acute onset, 7/10 chest pain radiating to left arm and neck
1 min 7 sec
689 | Non-responsive after three days of fever, diarrhea, and respiratory distress
1 min 7 sec
666 | Fever, emesis, poor urine output, altered mental status
1 min 44 sec
264 | Shortness of breath, lower leg edema
1 min 16 sec
177 | Tachypnea, hypoxemia and fever
1 min 2 sec


Vital signs represent an easily acquired and reliable snapshot of a patient’s health and ability to maintain homeostasis. One paper describes vital signs as “Vital signs are an objective measurement of the essential physiological functions of a living organism”. A basic understanding of the 4 vital signs, Heart Rate, Blood Pressure, Respiratory Rate, and Temperature can help direct patient care. By learning the normal ranges and presentations and interventions for abnormal ranges, effective and sometimes emergent medical care can be rendered to a patient.

The cases found in this course were specifically chosen to provide examples of patients, both adults and pediatrics, with abnormal and unstable vital signs. By the end of the course, students will know how abnormal vital signs may present and what interventions and treatments should be rendered to a patient to stabilize them while a more definitive diagnosis and treatment can be determined.

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Course Author

Dr. Christopher Behringer
ReelDx Faculty