The traditional vital signs workflow is a common setup for physician offices with paper-based patient record systems.
Patient weight and height are captured manually in the hallway. Elderly, disabled, and overweight patients may need extra time for transitions. Shoes and clothes may also require temporary storage, which can cause delays with patient flow in the hallway.
Pulse, temperature and blood pressure are taken inside the exam room.
- Traditional Vital Signs Workflow
For traditional vital signs, weight and height are measured in the hallway, reducing patient privacy and comfort.
The patient is then escorted to the exam room and directed to a side chair or to the exam table, possibly causing transition delays.
If the blood pressure cuff is manual and not attached to the wall, the patient is typically seated in a chair next to the work surface for paper-based patient records.
- Efficiency Time Chart
(H) Height 22
(W) Weight 18
(P) Pulse 30
(T) Temp 17
(BP) Blood Pressure 58
Total Time: 187 Seconds
The traditional workflow requires an average of more than three minutes from the time the patient is called.
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