Vital sign monitor use

This is what a typical vital sign machine looks like.  There may be slight variations in your healthcare facility.

Safety and Proper Use

All personnel must read and understand all safety information presented before using or repairing the monitor. Always consider the following safety points when using the monitor:

• Place the monitor and accessories in locations where they cannot harm the patient should they fall from a shelf or mount.

• Do not connect more than one patient to a monitor.

• Do not connect more than one monitor to a patient.

• Do not use the monitor in an MRI suite or hyperbaric chamber.

• Do not autoclave the monitor.

• Accessories can be autoclaved only if the manufacturer’s instructions clearly approve it. Many accessories can be severely damaged by autoclaving.

• Inspect the power adapter cord periodically for fraying or other damage. Replace the adapter as needed. Do not operate the monitor from mains power if the adapter, the adapter cord, or the cord plug is damaged.

• Frequently check all cables, both electrically and visually.

• To avoid explosion, do not operate the monitor in the presence of flammable anesthetics.

• A monitor that has been dropped or otherwise damaged or abused must not be used until it has been tested and verified by qualified service personnel for proper operation.

• If the monitor detects an unrecoverable problem, an error code and a brief message appear in the message display. Report all such errors to Welch Allyn.

• While under warranty, the monitor must be serviced only by a Welch Allyn service technician.

The above link shows you normal vital signs.  If you note variations with your patient look at trends and alert the physician as needed.

Vital sign monitoring related to med-surg.

Please feel free to post any questions or comments related to any of the above information.

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