fifth vital sign

fifth vital sign

Internal medicine A popular term for a “new” vital sign in a basic workup, identification and location of pain; the other, true, vital signs are temperature, blood pressure, pulse, respiratory rate
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Since the decision to make pain the fifth vital sign (for ailments), everyone has to NOW be treated for their pain - resulting in a society where people just don't tolerate pain at all, such that we're always used to running for pain meds at the slightest ache.
2012) Making pain visible: An audit and review of documentation to improve the use of pain assessment by implementing pain as the fifth vital sign.
Developing healthcare systems to support exercise: exercise as the fifth vital sign.
Then, just to make sure no major areas have been missed check the fifth vital sign of pain, ask what they like the least about the system and what they like the most?
Policies were implemented after 1996 to require nurses to chart pain as a fifth vital sign.
How they do this is up to the individual facilities, but they may want to look at pain as the fifth vital sign," says McBeth.
Pulse oximetry is widely considered the fifth vital sign and is a critical component of assessing a patient's condition.
White the recognition of pain as the fifth vital sign may be helpful, this is only beneficial to patients if assessment is fallowed by action.
Practices can use stickers on charts or make smoking a fifth vital sign.
As a result of Nellcor's continuous educational efforts, pulse oximetry has become accepted as a standard of care and is now considered the fifth vital sign.
The summit delegates, as part of their declaration of basic rights, will also call for the assessment of pain to be included as the fifth vital sign, thereby ensuring that health care providers accurately recognize and assess all factors affecting a person's health at any one time.