II. Precautions: General

  1. Unaddressed Vital Signs are common in Malpractice suits
  2. Review nursing notes and Vital Signs throughout the clinical encounter
  3. Repeat and review Vital Signs at discharge
  4. Explain abnormal Vital Signs prior to discharge

III. Precautions: Specific Measures

  1. Automatic Blood Pressure cuffs may be unreliable
    1. Check manual Blood Pressure for outlying values (esp. shock, narrow Pulse Pressure, Severe Hypertension)
  2. Oxygen Saturation may be unreliable (e.g. shock state, nail polish)

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Ontology: Vital signs (C0518766)

Definition (MSH) The signs of life that may be monitored or measured, namely pulse rate, respiratory rate, body temperature, and blood pressure.
Definition (NOC) Extent to which temperature, pulse, respiration, and blood pressure are within normal range
Concepts Clinical Attribute (T201)
MSH D055986
SnomedCT 46680005
LNC LP139953-6, MTHU042522
English Vital signs, vital signs, vital signs (physical finding), Vital sign, Sign, Vital, Signs, Vital, Vital Signs, Vital Sign, vital sign, Vital signs, NOS, Vital signs (function), Vital sign (observable entity), Vital signs, function (observable entity)
French Signe vital, Signes vitaux
German Vitalzeichen, Lebenszeichen
Italian Segni vitali
Portuguese Sinais Vitais
Spanish Signos Vitales, signo vital (entidad observable), signo vital, signos vitales (función)
Russian OSNOVNYE POKAZATELI SOSTOIANIIA ORGANIZMA, ЖИЗНЕННО ВАЖНЫЕ ПОКАЗАТЕЛИ, PRIZNAKI ZHIZNI, ZHIZNENNO VAZHNYE POKAZATELI, ОСНОВНЫЕ ПОКАЗАТЕЛИ СОСТОЯНИЯ ОРГАНИЗМА, ПРИЗНАКИ ЖИЗНИ
Croatian Not Translated[Vital Signs]
Czech vitální znaky, vitální příznaky
Swedish Vitala tecken
Polish Oznaki życia
Norwegian Vitale tegn