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Vital Signs At a Glance
The Vital Signs module opens with a Summary list of all the current vital signs information for the selected patient.
The patient heading row displays the selected patient’s name, age, gender, MRN, and location. Use this information to verify that you are looking at the right patient.
Each type of vital sign is listed in its own row. The columns available for each vital sign row included the following:
-First column: This column contains the vital sign name followed by the units in which it is recorded. The vital sign name is typically abbreviated to save space (for example, “RR” for Respiration Rate, or “FSBG” for finger stick blood glucose).
-24-hr Range: This column contains the lowest and highest reading for each vital sign within the last 24 hours. The column heading shows you the dates and times of the 24 hour range. This column is blank if there are no readings within the last 24 hours, or if the vital sign value contains a date or any non-numeric characters (for example, “<2” or “>50” or “1/2”).
-Multiple columns for time intervals: After the 24-hr Range column, there are one or more columns representing all of the readings for a particular time interval, such as four or eight hours. By default, the time interval for each column is eight hours. However, you can change the time interval for the columns as needed (see Changing the Time Interval on the Vitals Summary).
When you select a larger block of time as the time interval, more than one reading may be included in each interval. If more than one reading is included in an interval, the table cell shows the value of the most recent reading and also contains a notation indicating the total number of readings included in the time interval (for example, it would show “(3)” if the time interval contained three readings).
No matter which time interval you choose, the interval columns are always displayed in reverse chronological order, with the most recent data in the left-most column, and older data to the right. You can scroll left and right, as well as up and down, to see all of the data in the interval columns. Note that the First column displaying the vital names does not scroll horizontally.
An asterisk next to a vital sign indicates that there are comments available.
From the Summary screen, you can select a specific vital sign and either graph it over time, or view the details of all the readings. To view this information, select any interval cell to the right of the 24-hr Range column. See Switching Between Graph and Detail View, Graphing Vital Signs, or Viewing Vital Sign Details in List Format.

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