Critical care: The eight vital signs of patient monitoring

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Elliott, Malcolm and Coventry, Alysia. (2012) Critical care: The eight vital signs of patient monitoring. British Journal of Nursing. 21(10), pp. 621 - 625. https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2012.21.10.621
AuthorsElliott, Malcolm and Coventry, Alysia
Abstract

Nurses have traditionally relied on five vital signs to assess their patients: temperature, pulse, blood pressure, respiratory rate and oxygen saturation. However, as patients hospitalised today are sicker than in the past, these vital signs may not be adequate to identify those who are clinically deteriorating. This paper describes clinical issues to consider when measuring vital signs as well as proposing additional assessments of pain, level of consciousness and urine output, as part of routine patient assessment.

KeywordsVital signs; Patient monitoring; Assessment; Quality; Safety
Year2012
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Journal citation21 (10), pp. 621 - 625
ISSN0966-0461
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.12968/bjon.2012.21.10.621
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84862903159
Page range621 - 625
Research GroupSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
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