Standards for assessing, measuring and monitoring vital signs in infants, children and young people. RCN guidance for children’s nurses and nurses working with children and young people – 2011

Posted on September 16, 2011. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics | Tags: |

Standards for assessing, measuring and monitoring vital signs in infants, children and young people. RCN guidance for children’s nurses and nurses working with children and young people – 2011

Extract from the introduction

“The assessment,measurement and monitoring of vital signs are important basic skills for all practitioners working with infants, children and young people.This guidance applies to health care professionals who work in acute settings as well as practitioners who work in GP surgeries,walk-in clinics,NHS 24 and NHS Direct, schools and other community settings (Cook and Montgomery, 2006).The vital signs included in this document are temperature, heart/pulse rate, respiratory rate and effort, blood pressure, pain assessment and level of consciousness. Important information gained by assessing and measuring these vital signs can be indicators of health and ill health.However,we believe they should not be performed in isolation to the broader observation and assessment of the infant, child or young person.”  … continues

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