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Advanced Physical Diagnosis Online Companion

VITALS

The Doctor's Visit (1657) - Frans Van Mieris (http://arthistorynewsreport.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-art-of-frans-van-mieris.html)

The ability to accurately measure vital signs is an essential skills that every physician should possess.  Though this part of the physical exam is often overlooked by physicians who have come to rely on information reported from support staff through the EMR, much can be gained from taking the minimal time that is required to assess vitals for one's self. 

Foir example, starting the exam with the pal[ation of the radial pulse allows the phydsician to estimate heart rate, systolic blood pressure, and the presence or absence of cardiac arrhythmias all in less than a minute.  

In this section you will find videos that will help improve your technique in measuring vital signs as well as articles that will deepen your understanding of these techniques.

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