Category list : Vital signs
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How can respiratory rate assessment help identify community-acquired pneumonia and sepsis? This is the fifth in our six-part series on respiratory rate
The fourth article in our series on respiratory rate is a guide to the assessment of breathing rhythm and chest movement, which provide important information on a patient’s condition
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
Respiratory rate is a vital sign but is often not recorded. This article, the second in a six-part series, explains the anatomy and physiology of breathing and how it is affected by ill health
The respiratory rate is an essential observation but is often not recorded. This article, the first in a six-part series looking at the importance of this vital sign, explains why nurses need to measure and record it
Nurses are deviating from early warning scoring systems and taking fewer vital signs at night so they do not disrupt patients’ sleep, which could be posing a risk to patient safety, according to a new study involving a hospital in England.
Breathing is central to life, as it allows the human body to obtain the energy it needs to sustain itself and its activities. But how does it work?
Intravenous fluid therapy is sometimes needed to restore homoeostasis and prevent organ failure. This overview of intravenous fluid use is accompanied by a self-assessment questionnaire so you can test your knowledge after reading it
Homoeostasis is central to life. Vital signs measure homoeostasis and are therefore key in restoring patients to health. This article is accompanied by a self-assessment questionnaire so you can test your knowledge after reading it