PTTU provides the skilled staff and infrastructure to develop and deliver clinicial research projects for the benefit of patients and the community.


The aim of the project is to develop a protocol for how frequently clinical staff should take vital sign observations of patients in hospital. We will be:

  1. analysing historic data about patients to determine this;
  2. measuring the time nurses spend taking observations;
  3. talking to patients and staff about their experience and views.

This will hopefully lead to better use of nurses’ time and a better experience for patients.

The project’s full title is:

Safer and more efficient vital signs monitoring to identify the deteriorating patient: An observational study towards deriving evidence-based protocols for patient surveillance on the general hospital ward

but we call it “FOBS” – short for “Frequency of Observations”.

The project began on 1st October 2018 and runs until 31st March 2021.

This project is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) HS&DR (Grant Reference Number 17/05/03). The views expressed are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.



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