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
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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
Feverish illness in children under fiveSubscription
An updated NICE guideline offers new advice on how to manage children presenting with fever
Improving the accuracy of BP measurementSubscription
Blood pressure measurement is often inaccurate because of poor technique, inappropriate use of devices or failure to calibrate or validate monitors
Breathlessness is a common problem in advanced disease. This article looks at pharmacological and non-pharmacological ways to manage this symptom. Download a print-friendly PDF file of this article here
Nurses are likely to encounter people experiencing breathlessness in all healthcare settings and need to understand the significance of this distressing symptom
How to ensure patient observations lead to effective management of patients with oliguria Subscription
Oliguria can be a sign of hypovolaemia and acute renal failure. Fluid balance must be accurately monitored so deficits can be corrected and complications prevented
How to ensure patient observations lead to effective management of altered consciousnessSubscription
Altered consciousness is a sign of patient deterioration. It is essential that nurses are capable of promptly identifying and acting on this significant observation
Hypotension is one of the first signs of patient deterioration. Knowing how to identify and act on this observation quickly may prevent further deterioration
How to ensure patient observations lead to effective management of patients with bradycardia Subscription
Bradycardia can be an indication of life threatening heart block or impending asystole. It is vital that nurses can detect and respond to this clinical sign
Tachycardia could indicate serious illness. It is essential that nurses promptly identify and act on this significant sign of patient deterioration
Tachypnoea is one of the first signs of patient deterioration. To prevent further decline it is essential to know how to assess and manage a high respiratory rate