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Vital Signs and Visual Cues

Ellen Gohlke RDH, BSDH, FSCDH

This discussion will review how to look for visual cues and changes in vital signs that can be used to assess the current physical and emotional health of the patient with special needs.  Recording vital signs is an essential component of managing a dental patient with special needs, as these individuals often present with complex medical histories and/or may not be able to clearly communicate when they are in distress.

The participant will be able to:

  1. Identify, describe, and relate specific visual cues to the health status of the patient with special needs.
  2. Understand the importance of recording vital signs to determine if treatment can be administered safely to the patient during a scheduled appointment.
  3. Differentiate between normal and abnormal visual cues and vital signs in patients with special needs.

  • CategoriesPatient Management
  • LanguageEnglish
  • AGD PACE subject code(s)750
“Vital Signs and Visual Cues” is co-sponsored by Tribune Group GmbH. Tribune Group GmbH is a recognized ADA CERP and AGD PACE provider. At the end of the podcast, after passing the C.E. Quiz, you will be able to download your ADA CERP and AGD PACE C.E. Certificates.