You’ll spend a lot of time with patients/clients in your role as part of the health care team. This means you’ll have lots of opportunities to observe your patients/clients, to monitor how they’re progressing and to spot any problems early.
Part of your observing and monitoring will involve using a set of clinical skills that we’re going to look at in this section. Understanding how to, for instance, assess patients’/clients’ breathing, pulse rate, blood pressure and body temperature, and what your assessments mean for the patient’s/clients’ welfare, are key skills you’ll acquire.
We’ll also look at the importance of using your time with patients/clients to help them understand the benefits of adopting healthy lifestyles, and we’ll consider the steps you need to take when you’re checking a new patient/client for the first time.