The word monitor is derived from the Latin The word monitor is derived from the Latinverbverb
— to warn. The purpose of a— to warn. The purpose of amonitoring device is to measure amonitoring device is to measure aphysiological variable and to indicatephysiological variable and to indicatetrends of change, thus enablingtrends of change, thus enablingappropriate therapeutic action to be taken.appropriate therapeutic action to be taken.
It is essential to ensure that all monitoringIt is essential to ensure that all monitoringequipment is maintained correctly andequipment is maintained correctly andthat it functions accurately, so that thethat it functions accurately, so that theinformation which it provides is reliableinformation which it provides is reliable
The user should understand the basic The user should understand the basicprinciples on which monitoring equipmentprinciples on which monitoring equipmentis based and be able to interpret theis based and be able to interpret theinformation provided.information provided.