First off is a good idea to contact your or your loved one’s healthcare provider and obtain what we call in the industry vital sign parameters.
Your healthcare provider should provide you with a range for each vital sign she wants you to stay within and if outside the range wants to be contacted.
You may wonder why it’s essential to monitor these things daily, and the reason is that it is an early warning system similar to what you have in your vehicle when you have those warning lights. If you monitor your vital signs every day, you should also be looking for trends that may be happening. You would also be able to provide additional information to your healthcare provider when making decisions about medication management. For example, -whether to go on medication or coming off of one that is now not needed.
The primary vital signs typically are easy to obtain and take less than five minutes to perform. They are your temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, possibly oxygen levels, weight, and blood sugar. Ideally, you are sitting still for five minutes to have an apples-to-apples comparison.