Vital Signs

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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Question: What are the standards and frequency recommendations for taking “routine” and “post-operative” vital signs?

Vital signs are generally considered to include temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure...