Vital Signs overview

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The Vital Signs window gives you a central location to review historical vital signs for a patient and allows you to identify changes more easily in a patient’s health through comparative trending and graphing. Using the Vital Signs window, you can view, add, edit, graph, and void vital signs for a patient.  

Setup overview

Use the Vital sign list window to setup and manage vitals signs utilized at your practice, including weight settings.

  • Prior to setting up a new vital sign, determine which type is best. To determine this, consider how you intend to review historical vital signs. Example: Only numerical vital signs can be graphed.
  • Cornerstone provides you with a list of default vital signs to start with. With just a few steps, the vital signs in this list can be activated and ready for use.

The following can be done from the Vital sign list.

Vital Signs usage overview

Vital signs can be entered by clicking the Vital Signs/Weight button that displays through Cornerstone in the following areas and more:

The following tasks can be performed in the vital signs window for a patient.

Fields and options

Within the view and entry windows, the following fields and options are available, based on how your vital signs are setup.

Field/OptionDescription
Vital Signs column (static left column) Displays weight and all other vital signs activated in the vital signs setup.
Create new Vital Signs set column (right column)Add a new set of vital signs for a patient. See Create new Vital Signs Set for more information. 
Hide voided records check box When this check box is selected, voided vital signs sets (columns) do not display in the Vital Signs window.
Graph button For numeric and numeric list vital signs, click this button to view the patient data in a graph and optionally print the graph. See Graphing Vital Signs for a Patient for more information. 
Inactive (I) vital sign Inactive vital signs are listed on the Vital Signs window only if that patient has historic values for that vital sign. Inactive vital signs are indicated by an (I) after the name. 
? linkAlphanumeric list and numeric list for vital signs, click this link to view the list values and their extended descriptions, if available. 
Red abnormal indicatorAbnormal vital sign entries—those marked as High (H), Low (L), or Abnormal (A)—appear in bold red text. 
Comments icon Displays when a comment is associated with the entry. Pause your cursor over the icon to view the comment text.
Refresh buttonAfter edits or updates have been made and saved for a patient (at this workstation or elsewhere in the practice), click this button to ensure you are viewing the most recent data for the patient. 

Vital signs editing rules

Adding to or editing an existing vital sign entry or set are subject to editing rules using key time frames of 24 hours and 10 days, as indicated in the table below.

TaskWithin 24 hours of initial set creation>24 hours after initial set creationWithin 10 days of initial set creation> 10 days after initial set creation
Add new vital sign entry (blank cell) within an existing set YesYesYesNo
Edit a vital sign entry (occupied cell) within an existing set YesNoNoNo

Notes:

  • The time frame for editing vital signs is based on the server date/time when a vital signs set is created. This is not necessarily the date/time manually entered by the staff member. These time frames are not configurable. 
  • If the vital signs set is invalid, you can void it. Specific vitals within a set cannot be voided individually. 
  • You cannot add or edit entries for a vital sign if it is inactive.  

Additional notes

Setup

Definitions

Vital signs display

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