vital sign

Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Wikipedia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vital sign - sign of lifevital sign - sign of life; usually an indicator of a person's general physical condition; "he was still alive but his vital signs were weak"
blood heat, body temperature - temperature of the body; normally 98.6 F or 37 C in humans; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health
blood pressure - the pressure of the circulating blood against the walls of the blood vessels; results from the systole of the left ventricle of the heart; sometimes measured for a quick evaluation of a person's health; "adult blood pressure is considered normal at 120/80 where the first number is the systolic pressure and the second is the diastolic pressure"
sign - (medicine) any objective evidence of the presence of a disorder or disease; "there were no signs of asphyxiation"
heart rate, pulse rate, pulse - the rate at which the heart beats; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health
rate of respiration, respiratory rate - the rate at which a person inhales and exhales; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health
References in periodicals archive ?
Vital sign monitoring systems have been traditionally associated with hospital settings and have been viewed as complex multimodal instruments that assist clinicians to assess the fitness of an individual.
Today, most patients who reside on general medical/surgical floors in hospitals lack access to continuous monitoring and instead receive infrequent vital sign spot checks throughout the day and night approximately every 4 hours.
1) Soarian Device Connect is not intended for continuous vital sign monitoring purposes
13 /PRNewswire/ -- In a 16 page decision rendered on August 11, 2006 the Arbitrator in the earnout dispute between Vital Signs and the former shareholders of HealthStar Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
BioSign, an accessory device to multi-parameter patient monitors, analyzes five vital signs and assigns a Patient Status Index(TM) which continuously represents how different a patient's vital signs are with respect to normal patient conditions.
LIFEGARD II with ICG (Impedance CardioGraphy) uses Thoracic Electrical Bioimpedance (TEB) to measure continuous cardiac output, and is the only patient monitor that has ICG totally integrated with all other standard, non-invasive vital signs.
Once the vital signs have been transmitted, wCareAssist provides clinicians the option to document detailed information related to the vital sign entry such as blood pressure location, patient position, body site of where pulse rate was taken, pulse oximeter readings, respiration descriptors and temperature details.
TOKYO -- Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) today announced that it has developed an intelligent vital signs sensor module, Smart healthcare Intelligent Monitor Engine & Ecosystem; Silmee, that simultaneously senses information on key vital signs: Electric Cardio Gram, pulse, body temperature and movements, and that can deliver the data to smartphones and tablet PCs with wireless technology.
The underlying theory that has been borne out in the literature is that a patient who suffers a cardiac arrest on the medical floor is likely to experience a "window" of six to eight hours (1) beforehand where there are measurable aberrations in vital signs or mental status that presage the occurrence of arrest that can be modified by intervention.
The global Vital Signs Monitoring Market was valued at $3,148 million in the year 2012 and is poised to grow at a CAGR of 6.
The speed of the Spot Vital Signs LXi revolutionized vital signs capture, and now with the industry's first wireless bedside component, hospital caregivers can deliver optimal care more accurately and efficiently than ever before," said Dave Perkins, vital signs business manager, Welch Allyn.
The efficient and innovative design of the SureSigns VS3 sets the standard for basic vital signs monitoring.