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Vital Signs Monitor

What is a vital signs monitor?

A vital signs monitor is a device that tracks patients’ vitals during inpatient stays and doctors’ office visits for the management of chronic and acute medical conditions.  

Vital signs monitors record many metrics, including: 

  • Pulse rate 
  • ECG 
  • Blood pressure 
  • Cardiac output 
  • Respirations  
  • Agent analysis 
  • Body temperature  
  • Pulse oximetry 
  • End-tidal carbon dioxide  

Why are vital signs monitors important to healthcare?

Vital signs monitors are important to healthcare because they give insight into patient health and alert healthcare providers if a patient’s vitals are abnormal. With this information, providers can deliver appropriate care more efficiently. Ideally, vital signs monitors aim to be reliable, accurate and portable.