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Rate of respiration: the forgotten vital sign

10 May 2011

Emergency Nurse

Feature

Respiratory rate is an early indicator of physiological deterioration and should be recorded with other vital signs in patients who present to emergency departments....

Monitoring and recording patients’ neurological observations

14 November 2007

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article provides a detailed account of how to monitor and record neurological observations. It outlines the importance of neurological observations in acutely...

The Glasgow Coma Scale and other neurological observations

27 April 2005

Nursing Standard

Learning zone

The primary tool used by nurses to assess a patient’s neurological status is the neurological observation chart incorporating the Glasgow Coma Scale. This article...

The Glasgow Coma Scale and other neurological observations

27 April 2005

Nursing Standard

CPD

The primary tool used by nurses to assess a patient’s neurological status is the neurological observation chart incorporating the Glasgow Coma Scale. This article...

Treating feverish illness in children aged under five years

09 December 2014

Nursing Children and Young People

Art & Science

Fever is the most likely reason for a child to be taken to the doctor and, occasionally, the signs may indicate the start of serious illness. The National Institute...

Advanced cardiac examination: the arterial pulse

23 July 2014

Nursing Standard

CPD

The pulse is a significant indicator of health and can provide valuable information to help make an accurate diagnosis. All nurses should be competent in taking and...

Using the ABCDE approach to assess the deteriorating patient

29 November 2017

Nursing Standard

CPD

Patients who deteriorate without recognition or timely interventions are at risk of critical care admission and increased morbidity or mortality. This article...

Effect of technology on undertaking nursing observations

16 September 2015

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

It is recognised that there is a shared responsibility for ensuring nursing students are competent to carry out and interpret manual nursing observations in...

How to check the arterial pulse

04 November 2015

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Rationale and key points This article aims to help healthcare professionals to check the arterial pulse. It focuses on the radial pulse, and also briefly considers...

Prevention of deterioration in acutely ill patients in hospital

11 August 2010

Nursing Standard

CPD

The shift towards providing critical care in general wards has changed the way acutely ill patients are identified, treated and managed in hospital. This requires...