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1 NEXTGEN VITAL SIGNS DEMONSTRATION This demonstration reviews the documentation of vital signs in NextGen. This is similar across all specialties. This has been prepared for EHR 5.7 and KBM 8.1. Subsequent updates may display cosmetic and functional changes. Use the keyboard or mouse to pause, review, and resume as necessary.

2 Nurses will usually enter vital signs from the Intake tab. Click the Add button.

3 Here you can enter all pertinent data in a relatively intuitive fashion. You can perform numerical input using the computer keyboard or the onscreen keypad. Note there are checkboxes at the top to indicate that one or more vital signs were unobtainable or refused by the patient. If you check one, youll see a space to explain further.

4 As of this writing, English-Metric conversions happen automatically for adults, but not for children. Until this is corrected, you may need to use the buttons here to manually perform these conversions in either direction.

5 Click in the LMP box, and use the calendar popup to enter the date. If the patient is postmenopausal, there is also a bullet that can be checked to indicate that.

6 Enter height. You can enter height in feet and inches, or just inches. (Or, of course, centimeters.) You can indicate that height was measured today, or for adults, you can choose to carry forward a previously measured height. Either way, always record height! It is used to calculate BMI.

7 Enter weight. You can also note whether or not the patient was wearing shoes. Once height and weight are entered, the BMI will be calculated. You can also click the BSA Calculate button to calculate body surface area, if desired.

8 Enter temperature; you also have the option to enter the site it was taken.

9 Enter blood pressure; you also have the option to enter further details about how it was taken.

10 Continuing down, enter pulse and respiration. You can also optionally enter whether or not the pulse was regular.

11 Youll note the red warnings of abnormal vital signs, which are summarized at the top. This also takes into account whether the patient is diabetic, as that colors the interpretation of the BP. Notices about weight are to the right under the BMI.

12 Several other measurements can be recorded on this popup as well, including neck, waist, and hip circumference.

13 Oxygen saturation can also be recorded, as well as whether it was at rest or while active, and pre- or post- aerosol treatment.

14 Hearing and vision screens can be launched from the Vital Signs popup.

15 Note there is a link to a simple color vision screen as well.

16 Pain and disability scores are also available.

17 When youre done entering information, click Save, then Close.

18 Vital signs are now visible in the Vital Signs grids throughout the chart. Sometimes you might need to enter a second set of vital signs during the visit. For example, in this patient, well recheck her after shes had a chance to rest in the exam room a few minutes. Click the Add button again.

19 Enter new readings. (Only enter the VS you need to recheck.) Click Save, then Close.

20 The additional vital signs now show on the grid.

21 For children the Vital Signs popup looks a bit different. There are places for head circumference, height & weight percentiles, & a link to growth charts. You may need to take some of the warnings with a grain of salt, or at least consideration of the context. Click the Growth Charts link.

22 Click CLOSE when youre done viewing the graphs.

23 Note that growth charts are also accessible through the file menu. This may be preferable, since this will display the graphs in a larger, more easily viewable format.

24 Note also that, if the birth history records that the child was premature, premature growth charts will display for young children.

25 This child, born at 31 weeks, is now 9 weeks old. Weight is around the 70 th percentile.

26 This concludes the NextGen vital signs demonstration. Why do psychics have to ask you for your name? R. Lamar Duffy, M.D. Associate Professor University of South Alabama College of Medicine Department of Family Medicine

27 This concludes the NextGen vital signs demonstration. Why do psychics have to ask you for your name? R. Lamar Duffy, M.D. Associate Professor University of South Alabama College of Medicine Department of Family Medicine


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