Identifying Cardiorespiratory Insufficiency Outside the ICU
The pressure to increase intensive care unit (ICU) bed availability continues to grow as the need to streamline patient throughput in acute care facilities intensifies across the world. Thus, patients with higher illness acuity levels are transferred from ICUs and into step-down units for continued monitoring via non-invasive monitoring tools. These non-invasive tools include electrocardiography, automated sphygmomanometer and pulse oximetry to give estimates of heart rate (HR) and respiratory rate (RR), blood pressure (BP) and peripheral arterial oxygen saturation (Sp02), respectively.
KeywordsMedical Emergency Team Meet Activation Rapid Response System Acute Care Facility Normal Vital Sign
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