Measuring vital signs
A review of vital signs monitoring through the night in hospitals found compliance with schedules was generally poor, with potentially serious consequences for patients
Abnormal vital signs
Pulse assessment is a vital component of good nursing care. Nurses must feel confident in their ability to accurately measure the pulse to assess patients’ health statuses
Early warning scores
Nurses’ use of technology for patient assessment and observation is improving patient care and safety, as case studies from Croydon and Merseyside show.
Blood transfusion carries potentially serious hazards. Nurses have an important role in ensuring safe administration and in maintaining records to provide an audit trail