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The category of Vital Signs contains our most frequently asked questions and are in this collection of best practices for obtaining vital signs, as identified by our member hospitals, in the medical-surgical setting. Nurses have relied on five signs in the past to assess their patients. However, hospital patients today are sicker than in the past. Using only these five vital signs may not be adequate to identify those who are getting sicker
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Answer: The frequency for obtaining vital signs on Med-Surg units vary somewhat. Nursing reference textbooks generally do not suggest a frequency for this, but stress the need to obtain vital signs and to "follow organization policy"
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