Vital signs help to detect or monitor health issues in an individual. They indicate if the body is functioning properly. It includes the blood pressure, heartbeat/pulse, temperature, and breathing/respiration rate among others. Interestingly, Blood Pressure is not one of the vital signs but is almost always measured with them. A vital signs flow sheet or chart template is given below. A sheet of this kind helps all medical professionals who are engaged in the treatment of an individual. The vital signs give information to doctors and nurses which help them to see whether there is any change in a patient’s condition. It is helpful to have a vital sign sheet to keep track of the vital signs of a patient.

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A vital chart is a sheet that is used while tracking vital signs. It can be used in a hospice or a medical setting. You can use the sheet in your home too. A vitals chart template will have space for recording four to six vitals. In most cases, on a vital chart template, Body Temperature is noted as BP, Pulse rate or heart rate – HR, Respiration rate/breathing rate – RR, and Blood Pressure – BP. 

This is a very simple vital chart template that you can use if you are using it for the first time. You have allotted space for writing the name of the patient or the person whose vitals you will record. Then there are columns for date, time, temperature, temperature site, heart rate, respiration, and comments. There are no abbreviations, which helps in reading it quickly for everybody:

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When a patient is being physically examined, the first details that are measured and recorded are the vital signs. In clinical setups like clinics and hospitals, the nurses collect the objective data by feeling, measuring, observing, and hearing the signs of the patient’s vitals. If you are a nurse or a nursing student, you can use this template. There are columns for blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiratory rate, blood oxygen level, and also for weight and pain:

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How should you fill a vitals chart?

It might be simple but still helpful for you if you are new at handling a vital signs flow sheet. In most vitals chart templates, you have to first write the patient’s name and the medical record number (in cases when it’s available), and their date of birth. Then in some forms, you have to record predicted peak flow, height, and the patient’s ideal weight. After that, you can fill out the columns for different parameters. There will be a column for various measurements and columns where the doctor-in-charge has to put their initials daily. This is an example of a daily vitals flow sheet:

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When do you need a vital signs chart?

If you are someone in the medical profession and are a nurse/doctor, there’s a significant chance that you will be filling a vital chart. This chart is essential in documenting a patient’s medical flow. You need the chart to record important data of the patient to understand their health. If you are a medical worker, you can use this vitals chart template and use it at your workplace:

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If you are a health-conscious person who likes to track your health and fitness, a vitals chart template given below will be useful. You will be able to keep an eye on your Blood Pressure and weight. You can plan your fitness goal and track your health using this vitals chart template:

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As a doctor, you might require a vital signs sheet which would help you to keep a track of your patients’ health every month. You can use the following vitals chart template for the said purpose:

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People who are in nursing are the people who use vitals chart sheets the most. They use it in a hospice, or even for a medical setup at home. Nurses keep a check on the general health of patients through physical examination. Vital signs sheets help them to record the patients’ temperature, weight, blood pressure, etc., and give the information to the physicians. Here’s one for any nurse (or doctor) who’s looking for a vitals chart template:

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Vital signs sheet – A vital medical document

Throughout the years, what has remained a consistent practice in the medical field is the use of recording the vital signs of patients. These help a great deal in understanding a patient’s health. The vital signs let the doctors understand how the vital organs are functioning. They record the pulse rate on a sheet. Blood pressure is a good indicator of how the heart is functioning. The respiratory rate is important as it says if the lungs are functioning properly or not. The vital signs all measure the general functioning of the organs. In the present times, any regular citizen is also aware of the importance of maintaining and checking the body temperature and the oxygen saturation level.

In places having health facilities like nursing homes and hospitals, multiple numbers of patients stay at once. And for recording their vital signs, institutions sometimes use multiple patients’ vital signs sheets. There are numbers and columns which makes them suitable for keeping records of multiple people. You will see this chart in ICU wards and also in emergency and treatment camps set up in areas where a disaster has struck. These types of record sheets are very convenient. By having one glance at them, medical workers will know which patient is doing better. They will understand which patient needs more care and supervision. Here’s an example of what such a sheet for nursing students can look like:

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In case you are not looking for that now and looking for a chart for keeping the record of an individual every week, have a look at the template below. We have already shared the ones which you can use daily or every month. 

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If you are a non-medical person who intends to track the vital signs of someone at home, you should be aware of the vital signs ranges that are considered normal for an adult. Are you aware of the four most important ones? The normal blood pressure range is 90/60 mm Hg – 120/80 mm Hg. An average and normal breathing rate are 12 – 18 breaths/minute. The pulse should be 60 – 100 beats/ minute and a normal body temperature falls between 97.8 °F to 99.1 °F. You must also know normal vitals change owing to different reasons like age, weight, sex, fitness, and the whole health. Vital signs are measured and recorded to understand someone’s physical functioning. Here is a vitals chart template that can be used for adults:

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While we have been talking about human patients only, vets use vital signs charts for animals too. If you have a pet, you can use the given template to keep a tab on your pet’s health. Veterinarians check their temperature, pulse, and respiratory rate. Abnormality in the vital signs is a key indicator of medical problems. As a pet owner it would be wise to keep a sheet at home, recording your pet’s vitals:

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Diabetes is a disease that a large percentage of the population worldwide is struggling with. If you are or any family member is a diabetic, you need and should monitor the blood sugar levels regularly. We have a vitals chart template made especially for monitoring and recording blood sugar levels. This one is for the first month of the year. You can edit and create for other months:

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In some nursing homes and hospitals, the vital signs chart is also referred to as the TPR chart. It stands for the three vitals – temperature, pressure, and respiration rate:

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If you are going to make a lesson plan on vital signs, you can use this blank template:

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Conclusion

It is very important to keep a check on vitals. Keeping a regular check on the heath by measuring and recording the vital signs help in detecting a medical problem at the earliest. By daily monitoring your health, you will also be able to provide your physician with correct measurements when you feel unwell. We would encourage you to remember the normal range for the vitals and also to measure your weight, pulse rate, respiratory weight, temperature, and blood pressure. And if you are a medical worker, you will be dealing with vital signs regularly. A record like this also supplies information on whether the brain, kidney, and lungs are functioning as expected. Here’s our last vitals chart template to help you:

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Use these templates to get ideas on how to make your vital signs flow chart or you can download them, resize them, or edit them to your liking. All these chart templates might look similar because they after all record the same vitals. So, select the template which will make your job of recording the vitals easier. You must also be able to read them quickly whenever required.