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Vital sign monitoring is an important part of your care

When a patient is being cared for in a hospital setting, it's necessary to keep track of that patent's vital signs. The patient's pulse, respiration, body temperature and blood pressure all hold the keys to understanding his or her overall health.

While these should be the most straightforward and accurate data in a chart, they aren't always. Sometimes vital signs aren't taken correctly. Other times they're recorded incorrectly or interpreted wrong. When vital signs aren't tracked correctly, it can lead to longer times waiting to be treated or interfere with treatment for patients who are deteriorating.

Here's an example of a situation where vital signs might be necessary to your health. When you're in surgery, the anesthesia you receive affects your breathing and blood pressure specifically. Your pulse and blood pressure should be monitored to make sure they stay within normal ranges. If they aren't monitored and you go into cardiac arrest, it could be a fact that the staff didn't take the right actions to correct your falling or rising blood pressure due to failing to monitor your vital signs.

Vital sign monitoring is repetitive and time consuming for nurses and medical staff, but it's necessary. If you or a loved one was injured or killed because of vital sign monitoring that was inadequate or not performed at all, you may have a medical malpractice case against the hospital or staff. With the right evidence, you may be entitled to compensation to help you cover expenses related to your injuries, whether they're lost wages, medical costs or other financial losses you've accrued.

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