Category list : Abnormal vital signs
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Vital-signs observations in hospital patients are missed or delayed at night, but the reasons for this have not been established. Interviews with 17 nursing staff shed light on the question
What is the procedure for accurately measuring patients’ respiratory rate? What are its limitations? This is the third article in our six-part series on the respiratory rate
Assessing the pulse rate in adult patientsSubscription
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
Exposure to sunshine may protect against weight gain and diabetes, new research suggests.
Forty years on: updating the Glasgow Coma ScaleSubscription
Forty years after its initial implementation, the Glasgow Coma Scale has been updated to address variations in technique that have developed over time
Training HCAs to recognise patient deteriorationSubscription
Healthcare assistants have a vital role in recognising patient deterioration, but may lack the relevant skills. A tailored training programme can provide these
Rise in older people in UK living with HIVSubscription
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is becoming increasingly prevalent among older people in the UK.
Raised blood pressure in 18-year-olds is a warning of heart disease to come and should signal the start of prevention strategies, say scientists.
How helpful are early warning scores?Subscription
Despite the use of early warning scoring systems, deteriorating patients are often not identified, suggesting these systems may not be sufficiently robust
Bowel care lies at the heart of person-centred care.