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Physiological measurements 

Physiological measurements
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Physiological measurements
Author(s):

Maria Flynn

, and Dave Mercer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198743477.003.0013
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date: 15 December 2018

An important part of nursing decision-making, in both hospital and community settings, is interpreting the results of physiological measurements. These may be used to assist in making a diagnosis, monitoring the effects of treatments, or assessing changes to a person’s health condition. Physiological values are always interpreted within the context of what is known about the person and their health state, and can guide nursing practices and interventions. This chapter describes widely used physiological measurements, together with reference range values which may be useful to the general nurse.

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