Vital Signs are essential not only for establishing how ill a casualty is, but for monitoring the casualty’s condition and assessing the effectiveness of treatment.
There are 4 main observations that should be noted down, where possible, including the casualty’s name and time. These observations are:
Taking vital signs observations are extremely important to emergency services who take over control of the incident. They provide a guide to the patient’s condition and response to treatment given.
The skin is an excellent indicator of a patient’s shock level.
When recording the condition of the casualty’s skin, use