Case Studies, Chapter 25, Vital Signs
You are a nurse caring for a 58-year-old ironworker who has been admitted to
your unit with acute hypertension.
He became extremely symptomatic at work
and was brought to your emergency department (ED) via ambulance.
receiving a report from the ED nurse, he is brought to your unit asymptomatic
(other than his BP of 178/106) and seems in good spirits. After completing his
admission paperwork, he settles in and awaits his health care provider. Four
hours later, you answer his call light and he reports headache (rated 6 on a 0-to-
10 scale) and dizziness. (Learning Objectives 2 and 5)
Outline the pertinent information within this case study.
How often would you expect to measure the patient’s vital signs based on