vital sign


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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
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The sixth vital sign is well being, which can easily be measured by two item questionnaires designed to assess distress, depression and coping skills.
Given the broad acceptance of ingestible electronics, MIT Lincoln Laboratory developed an approach that enables vital sign monitoring internally from the gastrointestinal tract--the EnteroPhone.
Purpose/Hypothesis: To determine how frequently physical therapists (PTs) monitor patient vital signs, and to investigate how vital sign responses altered interventions and patient outcomes in the acute care setting.
Without a digital solution such as this, studies have shown that 10,000 omission and/or transcription errors can occur per year for a typical 200-bed facility; 8,000 hours can be wasted with manual vital sign documentation; and more than $250,000 can be lost in productivity due to lack of access to vitals.
The study wanted to compare the blood pressure readings that were taken at a "standard practice vital sign station" with those taken in an exam room and according to standards set forth in The Fourth Report on the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Treatment of High Blood Pressure in Children and Adolescents.
Are patients not stable enough for the medical floor with its current staffing ratios and q 4 hour vital sign routine?
2 Diabetology uses the glucometer to provide an assessment of glycaemia, which can be used as the fifth vital sign in diabetes care.
Categorized as a Class II device for patient monitoring, the PhysIQ PPA software is the first FDA-cleared device to receive the new product code PLB: Automated calculation of a summary index based on several individual measured vital sign inputs.