Assessing the Respiratory and Cardiovascular Systems: The Basics

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Instructor: Gail Mazzocco , RN, EdD

Length: 4 hours

This program reviews the basic skills used to assess the lungs, heart and peripheral vascular systems.  Using a workshop format, participants will briefly review the anatomy and physiology of those systems, observe a demonstration of relevant physical examination techniques and then practice those techniques. Common respiratory and cardiovascular health deviations will be reviewed. Participants will need to wear appropriate clothing (sports bra, tank top, tee shirt) for the physical assessment portion of this class.

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least three health history questions that are significant when assessing each of the lungs, heart and cardiovascular systems.
  • Describe pertinent anatomy and physiology of these systems.
  • Identify four techniques that are a part of an adult's health assessment.
  • Accurately use those techniques to assess an adult’s lungs, heart and cardiovascular systems.
  • Distinguish between normal and abnormal findings for each of the systems.
  • Identify at least three common abnormal findings for each system.

Audience: RNs in both in and out patient settings who would benefit from a review of fundamental assessment skills.