A Case for Making Medication Adherence the 5th Vital Sign

The global healthcare industry recognizes four primary vital signs that are indicators of the human body’s essential life-sustaining functions. The vital signs provide a quick snapshot of the patient’s general health. 4 Primary Vital Signs Measurement Equipment Body temperature Thermometer Blood pressure Sphygmomanometer Heart rate (pulse) Stethoscope / watch Respiratory rate Stethoscope / watch   Paramedics and Emergency Response Technicians often observe pupil size as a vital sign that indicates medical conditions such as trauma, circulatory system arrest, central nervous system injury or drug overdose. When a patient’s vital signs show readings that are outside of the normal range, a [...]