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How often are vitals monitored in icu?
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Dr. Gaston Moran Celayes
Internal Medicine
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In brief: It depends
Some pts are in the ICU because of the severity of their disease.
They might need invasive ways to monitor their vital signs, which produce a continuous monitoring (i.e. Invasive BP monitoring). Some other pts are there because they may have a complication in the next few hours and they require a more often monitoring than in the regular floors, usually once per hour (i e some post-op pts).

In brief: It depends
Some pts are in the ICU because of the severity of their disease.
They might need invasive ways to monitor their vital signs, which produce a continuous monitoring (i.e. Invasive BP monitoring). Some other pts are there because they may have a complication in the next few hours and they require a more often monitoring than in the regular floors, usually once per hour (i e some post-op pts).
Dr. Gaston Moran Celayes
Dr. Gaston Moran Celayes
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Dr. Ernest Block
Surgery - Trauma
In brief: Continuously
In most cases, the vital signs are monitored continuously.
However, the data may only be recorded with a certain frequency, often every hour. Obviously, the bedside nurse is keeping very careful scrutiny over his/her patients' vitals. The nurse may choose to record vital signs to evaluate a trend (e.g. Increasing heart rate).

In brief: Continuously
In most cases, the vital signs are monitored continuously.
However, the data may only be recorded with a certain frequency, often every hour. Obviously, the bedside nurse is keeping very careful scrutiny over his/her patients' vitals. The nurse may choose to record vital signs to evaluate a trend (e.g. Increasing heart rate).
Dr. Ernest Block
Dr. Ernest Block
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