ORIGINAL ARTICLESReliability of vital signs measured at triageWorster, Andrew; Elliott, Lori; Bose, Teertha J.; Chemeris, Elaine Author Information Department of Emergency Medicine, Hamilton Health Sciences, and McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Correspondence to Andrew Worster MD, CCFP(EM), MSc(HRM), Research Coordinator, Department of Emergency Medicine, Hamilton Health Sciences, 237 Barton Street East, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8L 2X2 Tel: +1 905 521 2100 (ext) 73136; fax: +1 905 527 7051; e-mail: [email protected] This paper was funded by Hamilton Health Sciences. The authors have no competing interests in this study. Received 12 February 2002 Revised 10 July 2002 Accepted 11 July 2002 European Journal of Emergency Medicine 10(2):p 108-110, June 2003. Buy Abstract Objective To determine the reliability of vital signs measured at triage in the emergency department. Methods The vital signs of all consenting ambulatory patients 16 years old and above presenting at triage were measured by the duty triage nurse as standard practice and then repeated by a single, blinded, trained observer within 2 min of the initial assessment using the same (manual or electronic) methods. The results were analysed using paired sample t-tests. Results No significant difference was found in the repeated electronic measurement of oxygen saturation [95% confidence interval (CI) −0.30–0.46, P=0.687] or repeated manual measurement of respiratory rate (95% CI −1.04–1.76, P=0.613). A statistically but not clinically significant difference of 2.43 bpm was found in the repeated electronic measurement of heart rate (95% CI 0.52–4.33, P=0.013). Conclusions The manual and electronic measurements of vital signs at triage appear to be reliable. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.