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Vital Signs: Temperature Checking

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Body temperature is a vital sign used to assess the body’s ability to create and expel heat. The normal body temperature range is 36.5°C to 37.5°C. Measuring a patient’s temperature is specifically useful for identifying possible fever, hyperthermia or hypothermia.

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Body temperature is a vital sign used to assess the body’s ability to create and expel heat. When measured together with other vital signs, body temperature can help paint an overall picture of a patient’s health and assess circulatory, respiratory, neural and endocrine functioning. Vital signs are highly useful as they are a simple and cost-effective way of gathering information about a patient’s essential physiological functions. Measuring a patient’s temperature is specifically useful for identifying possible fever, hyperthermia or hypothermia.

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25 Jan 2021
Always good to reinforce and see if any changes have been made .
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Evangeline Leon
21 Nov 2020
Very informative
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Maria Bennett
21 Nov 2020
It is easy to read and the resources in audio are also very helpful.
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Jishnu Prasad
19 Nov 2020
Its a very useful topic and and important vital sign which needs to give me a good review of knowledge and is valuable all health professionals
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Hing Chung
17 Nov 2020
Short and concise. Great refresher.
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Pamela Boyd
19 Nov 2020
Excellent article, very good information with good learning, Thank you.
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25 Jan 2021
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Neil Dixon
02 Mar 2022
that was great
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JAN COMMINS
25 Jan 2021
The resource showed all techniques of taking temperatures, refreshed what the temperature ranges are and the effect aging has on hyperthermia, and hypothermia.
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Leeanne Nobbs
26 Nov 2020
Great article concise and to the point
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