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Vital signs--the six-minute warnings.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6154071     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The six classic vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, temperature, respiration, height, and weight) are reviewed on an historical basis and on their current use in dentistry. Normal and abnormal vital signs are explored in depth, with special attention to those conditions which can be readily recognized by the dental practitioner and with special attention to safe management of the patient in each instance. Measurement of blood pressure at the initial physical evaluation of the adult dental patient is approaching a standard of care status. A plea is made for expanding this practice and adding additional vital signs to usual office measurements. An efficient routine by which the dental assistant can measure and record the six vital signs in from three to six minutes is reviewed, and the frequency of vital sign measurement is explored.
F M McCarthy
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the American Dental Association (1939)     Volume:  100     ISSN:  0002-8177     ISO Abbreviation:  J Am Dent Assoc     Publication Date:  1980 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1980-06-16     Completed Date:  1980-06-16     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503060     Medline TA:  J Am Dent Assoc     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  682-91     Citation Subset:  D; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Arrhythmias, Cardiac / diagnosis
Atrial Fibrillation / diagnosis
Blood Pressure
Body Height
Body Temperature
Body Weight
Bradycardia / diagnosis
Cardiac Complexes, Premature / diagnosis
Dental Care
Drug Hypersensitivity / diagnosis
Fever / diagnosis
Heart Block / diagnosis
Heart Rate
Hypertension / complications,  diagnosis
Physical Examination*
Respiration Disorders / diagnosis

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