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vi·tal signs (VS),
determination of temperature, pulse rate, rate of breathing, and level of blood pressure.
Synonym(s): vitals (2)
Body temperature, heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure as measured to assess health or dysfunction.
Vital SignsA phrase referring to a UK Department of Health approach to planning and managing some of the UK’s most critical health issues, by creating a framework which allows increased autonomy to better meet national and local priorities.
• National requirements—those things that a local NHS “must do”—e.g., meet targets such as waiting times for cancer treatment and number of MRSA infections per unit of population;
• National priorities delivered locally—those things a local NHS “needs to do”—e.g., implement initiatives to address childhood obesity rates and avoidable deaths from heart disease and stroke—to be agreed and approved by the local Strategic Health Authority;
• Local actions—those things a local NHS “chooses to do”—e.g., local targets for mental health services, diabetes, and so on; the DH does not involve itself in the performance of local activities.
vital signsVitals Clinical medicine Any objective parameter used to assess basic life functions–eg, bp, pulse, respiratory rate, and temperature
vi·tal signs(vī'tăl sīnz)
Objective measurements of temperature, pulse, respirations, and blood pressure as a means of assessing general health and cardiorespiratory function.
vital signsIndications that a person is still alive. Vital signs include breathing, sounds of the heart beat, a pulse that can be felt, a reduction in the size of the pupils in response to bright light, movement in response to a painful stimulus and signs of electrical activity in the brain on the electroencephalogram.
Basic indicators of body function, usually meaning heartbeats per minute, breaths per minute, blood pressure, body temperature, and weight.
vi·tal signs(VS) (vīt-ăl sīnz)
Clinical determination of temperature, pulse rate, rate of breathing, and level of blood pressure.