1.2.2.1Adult patients in acute hospital settings, including patients in the emergency department for whom a clinical decision to admit has been made, should have:
  • physiological observations recorded at the time of their admission or initial assessment
  • a clear written monitoring plan that specifies which physiological observations should be recorded and how often. The plan should take account of the:

    patient’s diagnosis

    presence of comorbidities

    agreed treatment plan.

Physiological observations should be recorded and acted upon by staff who have been trained to undertake these procedures and understand their clinical relevance.
1.2.2.2As a minimum, the following physiological observations should be recorded at the initial assessment and as part of routine monitoring:
  • heart rate
  • respiratory rate
  • systolic blood pressure
  • level of consciousness
  • oxygen saturation
  • temperature.

From: 1, Summary

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