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Methods of determining the prevalence of changes in vital signs among internal medicine inpatients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10135604     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence of changes in vital signs and methods of summarizing these changes. DESIGN: A survey of vital sign values for all eligible inpatients over a three-day period. PATIENTS: All 91 patients who remained for an entire three-day period in January 1991 on 1 of 11 nonintensive care internal medicine units in the medical center. RESULTS: Prevalence of changing vital signs varied by type of vital sign, inpatient unit, and method of computation. A method of computation that relies on daily extreme vital sign values. Pulse rates and blood pressure were more variable than respiratory rates. CONCLUSIONS: Mean daily pulse rates and blood pressure may be useful for quality assessment purposes, whereas individual readings may be more appropriate for respiratory rates. Computation of expected rates of changing vital signs should be tailored to inpatient unit type.
M S Hendryx; J E Rohrer; J F Fieselmann; D S Wakefield; C M Helms
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical performance and quality health care     Volume:  1     ISSN:  1063-0279     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Perform Qual Health Care     Publication Date:    1993 Jan-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-09-12     Completed Date:  1994-09-12     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9305935     Medline TA:  Clin Perform Qual Health Care     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  17-22     Citation Subset:  H    
University of Iowa, Iowa City 52242.
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MeSH Terms
Academic Medical Centers / standards
Blood Pressure
Hospital Units / standards*
Internal Medicine / standards
Midwestern United States
Monitoring, Physiologic / standards*
Nursing Staff, Hospital*
Quality Assurance, Health Care / organization & administration*
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