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  • New Podcast Discusses 'Vital' Information

    In APTA's new podcast, Pump UpThe Cuff: The Importance of Monitoring Vital Signs, Cecilia Graham, PT, PhD, and Diane Clark, PT, DScPT, focus on the importance and necessity of routine monitoring of vital signs by physical therapists. Graham and Clark discuss what is meant by vital signs based on the definition provided by Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking and why physical therapists should be concerned about patients' vital signs. The podcast also includes a patient scenario to help illustrate the importance of monitoring vital signs.  

    A transcript, video, and PowerPoint accompany the podcast.  


    • In the past, I never took vital signs in outpatient unless I saw "signs and symptoms" of a problem. Lately I'm working with a greater population with diabetes and other comorbidities, and I'm taking the routine to check vital sings in all my patients. It was to my surprise, that I catch a few "young patients otherwise healthy and without S&S" with blood pressure so high I couldn't perform treatment and referred them to the ER (readings with diastolic pressures over 120). This has changed my practice and now I check vital signs in ALL patients prior to start any treatment.

      Posted by Cecilia Orazi on 8/21/2011 8:24 PM

    • Thanks for sharing your experiences, Cecilia. Your comments provide a great example of the importance of monitoring vital sign, even in a young, apparently healthy population. Cecilia Graham and Diane Clark

      Posted by Cecilia Graham on 9/21/2011 11:25 AM

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