Why do you take vitals during triage?

Although this may seem like an odd piece of information to collect at a Mental Health Access Center, it is important for staff to assess all aspects of the patient’s well-being and that includes a few physical health assessments. Vitals may not be taken immediately if other assessments are critical to complete at the time. Vitals are also important to our higher-level services such as medical detox and crisis observation. Once a patient is admitted to those services, vitals are taken by nursing staff on an ongoing basis.

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1. How can people access / use the Access Center?
2. Who can use the Access Center?
3. What are the hours of the Mental Health Access Center?
4. Where is the Mental Health Access Center located?
5. How do I pay for services?
6. What is it like to use the Mental Health Access Center?
7. Will anyone know if I received services?
8. Will you help me with other resources I need?
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10. Is there a limit to the number of times I can come?
11. Why do you take vitals during triage?
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