Pain is the 5th Vital Sign

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BULLSH*T! If it was, it'd be the only subjective vital sign, which defeats the purpose of vital signs.[1] A respiratory rate that is always charted at 16 is still a more useful vital sign than pain as the 5th vital sign. Even the Press Ganey waveform is a more useful vital sign![2]

Actual Vital Signs

- Temperature

- Blood Pressure

- Heart Rate

- Respiratory Rate


  1. Inventor of Slogan "Pain is the 5th Vital Sign" Now Concedes Pain is Actually Not a Vital Sign
  2. Brand New Vital Sign Added to Monitors and Electronic Medical Records

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