This learning module introduces the learner to the proper technique and common errors associated with assessment of blood pressure. The program includes audio of blood pressure sounds, interactive simulations, and self-assessment tools. There are eight components which include an introduction, concepts, positioning, the procedure, Korotkoff sounds, three simulations, a review of common errors, and a ten-item quiz.
The major learning goal is for the learner to understand how to correctly assess a blood pressure.
Target Student Population:
The target student population is clinical and health sciences students who are need to learn how to assess a blood pressure. In addition, this learning modules could serve as review for unlicensed assistive personnel and other health care providers.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Learners should understand basic anatomy and physiology related to blood pressure.
Type of Material:
The learning module is a tutorial that include a series of slides with photographs of the equipment and the procedure, audio of the different blood pressure sounds, interactive simulations and quiz.
This material could be used as an adjunct to lecture, readings, or homework assignments.
This learning resource is available from any computer connected to the Internet. There are special requirements for use of audio and Macromedia Flash.
Evaluation and Observation
The strength of this learning module is its completeness. A learner could learn the basics for assessing a blood pressure in a very short time.
There are a few weaknesses:
A glossary of terms would be helpful although the terms are clearly defined within the module.
There is a link to information about the origin of Korotkoff sounds.
The quiz only tests the learner only at the knowledge level. The questions do not include any critical thinking items.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The strength of this learning resource is:
The animations are creative and fun to use.
The photographs are clear and accurate.
The navigation is clear.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The learning resource is very easy to use:
The site is easy to navigate.
The presentation is clear, complete, and well organized.