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Int J Nurs Stud. 2001 Dec;38(6):643-50.

Vital signs in hospital patients: a systematic review.

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  • 1The Joanna Briggs Institute, Margaret Graham Building, Royal Adelaide Hospital, North Terrace, Adelaide, 5000, Australia. d.evans@adelaid.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This review was initiated to identify the best available evidence on vital sign measurements in hospital patients.

METHOD:

Inclusion Criteria--Studies that evaluated some aspect of vital signs. Search--Covered all major databases and the references of identified studies. Data Analysis--Because of the nature of identified studies, data were summarised using narrative rather than statistical methods.

RESULTS:

A total of 737 papers of which 69 met the inclusion criteria.

CONCLUSION:

This review has highlighted a need for further investigation of issues related to the role, nature and optimal practice of monitoring patient vital signs.

PMID:
11602268
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