I am looking for your advise and learn what time of the day and how often do your medical-surgical unit take vital signs when it is "routine?" We have 3 Med-Surg units and routine vitals are done at different time of the shift/day -- and I am wondering what is considered a standard time for rountine vital signs. It is confusing when I float from one unit to another so I would appreciate your comments on how it is done where you work. Thanks.
Our Med/Surg units all follow this schedule:
Routine 8a and 8p
BID would be the same as above
QID would be 8a 12N 78 12M
our post-ops are q2hr x6 then they go to q4hr x24h at least
our tele pts are always q4h
Last edit by AuntieRN on Oct 28, '06
Every unit will have its own times for routine vitals. On my unit routine is 0800, 1600, 2400 unless the pt is post-op and then we do Q 4 hour vitals for 24 hours. On the tele unit they do Q 4 vitals on everyone.
On our long term care unit they do vitals before breakfast and before dinner.
Most nurses like to get vitals at the start of shift during assessment so it would vary according to when your shift starts.
Hope that helps
Last edit by RNinSoCal on Oct 28, '06
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