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What do all the numbers on the monitor mean?

Bedside monitors are extremely helpful in quickly identifying changes and complications in the patient’s condition. These monitors can detect several different vital signs, showing them on the screen, and sounding the alarm to inform the team if something may not be right.

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Hover over the numbers on the image to learn more about common parameters that we monitor and what they mean.

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Critical Care Medicine

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Avenue, 
D-wing, 1st floor
room D1 08
Toronto, ON M4N 3M5

Phone: 416-480-4522
Fax: 416-480-4999

For information about patients admitted to Sunnybrook's Intensive Care Units, please contact the unit through the hospital switchboard at 416-480-6100