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HealthCenter21: Client Status

This module provides an overview of the importance of body measurements and vital signs. Students learn about body measurements for adults and infants and methods and equipment for taking and recording temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure. A learning game is provided to gain practice in reading analog devices.

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The Client Status module is designed according to the AES course framework, which includes four phases:

  1. Explore
  2. Learn & Practice
  3. Reflect
  4. Reinforce

Below you'll discover how AES can help you teach your students about body measurements and vital signs according to these four phases.

Phase 1: Explore


Activity: Explore

In this activity, students use and care for electronic thermometers with sheaths, tympanic thermometers with probe covers, stethoscopes, sphygmomanometers, scales with height bars and alcohol wipes.

Phase 2: Learn & Practice


Unit 1: Vital Signs and Body Measurements

In this unit, students will learn about: vital signs and body measurements and their importance to overall health. They will learn how to identify, measure, and record patient height and weight. 

  1. Vital Signs 
  2. Body Measurements 
  3. Quiz


Unit 2: Temperature

In this unit, students will learn about: body temperature and factors that may affect it as they explore ways to take patient temperature using glass thermometers and taking oral and tympanic temperatures. 


  1. Temperature 
  2. Glass/Mercury Thermometers 
  3. Oral Temperature 
  4. Tympanic Temperature 
  5. Quiz


Unit 3: Pulse

In this unit, students will learn about: pulse as they describe pulse rate and rhythm and take and record radial and apical pulse. 

  1. Pulse 
  2. Radial Pulse 
  3. Apical Pulse 
  4. Quiz


Unit 4: Respiration

In this unit, students will learn about: respiration as they describe respiration rate, character, and rhythm, identify normal and abnormal respirations, and take and record respirations. 


  1. Respiration 
  2. Quiz


Unit 5: Blood Pressure

In this unit, students will learn about: blood pressure, systolic and diastolic readings, and normal and abnormal blood pressures and take and record blood pressure with a sphygmomanometer. 

  1. Blood Pressure 
  2. Quiz


Unit 6: Reading Analog Devices Game

In this unit, students will play a learning game to gain practice through repetition in reading: a glass thermometer, a balance beam scale, and the gauge of a sphygmomanometer. The first lesson (training) is a tutorial to learn about the simulated devices used in the second lesson (game).


  1. Part 1 - Training
  2. Part 2 - Seeing Patients

Phase 3: Reflect


Activity: Reflection Questions and Discussion

In this activity, students will journal about ranges for vital signs and when they should be reported; how to select the appropriate temperature measurement method; and treating patients with respect and empathy. A class discussion can follow.

Phase 4: Reinforce


Activity: Examining Vital Signs

In this activity, students: measure, record and graph vital signs; evaluate the information; and identify factors that may affect vital signs.


Activity: Current Event

Students will review articles for information related to a topic in the module. Once an article is found, students complete a Current Event form.

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