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Elements of competence |HSC361.1 |Prepare the environments and resources for use when taking physiological measurements | |HSC361.2 |Undertake physiological measurements | About this Unit For this Unit you need to prepare environments and resources so that they are ready for designated clinical/ therapeutic procedures, and to take and record physiological measurements as part of the individual’s care plan. Measurements include: blood pressure – both by manual and electronic; pulse rates and confirming pulses at a variety of sites e.g. pedal pulses; pulse oximetry; temperature, respiratory rates, peak flow rates; height; weight; body mass index (BMI); girth. These activities could be done in a variety of care settings, including hospital wards and other departments including out-patients, nursing homes, the individual’s own home, GP surgeries etc. The recording of such measurements must take into account the individual’s overall condition, and the delegation of these measurements to you may change as the individual’s condition changes, and sometimes this skill will fall outside of your role and responsibility. Any adverse conditions may result in other members of the care team undertaking these measurements. Scope The scope is here to give you guidance on possible areas to be covered in this Unit. The terms in this section give you a list of options linked with items in the performance criteria. You need to provide evidence for any option related to your work area. Appropriate documentation may include: individual’s notes; charts. Appropriately prepared may include: fully charged if electrical; with batteries; clean ear pieces on stethoscopes. Consumables; disposable items (e.g. gowns); notes Environment may include: reducing

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