HEALTH BYTES: Improving Real-Time Vital Signs Documentation

Assessing and documenting vital signs are essential tasks routinely performed by nurses and unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP).

The information gathered is useful in identifying a patient's overall health status and physiologic signs of deterioration, and can lead to early recognition and treatment of serious conditions such as sepsis.

This quality improvement project set out to increase real-time collection and documentation of vital signs data by using interfaced mobile vital signs machines. Did it succeed?

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