Baseline Vital Signs have been added to the ADL EMR
Vital signs (often shortened to just VS) are a group of the 4-6 most important signs that indicate the status of the body’s vital (life-sustaining) functions. These measurements are taken to help assess the general physical health of a person, give clues to possible diseases, and show progress toward recovery. The normal ranges for a person’s vital signs vary with age, weight, gender, and overall health.
The ADL EMR calculates the Base Vital Signs which gives an average of recent measurements taken when the patient is considered to be usual condition. These values are compared to the new measurements to determine if there has been a significant deviation in the reading compare to the Baseline values.
Significant deviations cause alerts to be triggered to bring the condition to the nurse’s attention. The Baseline Values are used extensively with the Interact Methodologies.