Background: Several studies conclude that lives can be saved by implementing systematic registration of vital signs. Studies also indicate insecurity and a lack of knowledge among nurses with regards to how assessments should be used in practice.

The aim is to clarify which aspects may have an influence on registration of vital signs. For this purpose, a study was developed, which includes both survey and audit. The data collection was carried out in two hospitals. The data consist of audits on 20 patient records and 14 returned questionnaires. Current accreditation standards are used in further analysis of data. The results show that nurses hold greater knowledge and competence than required by the standards in use at the wards. This indicates, that the standards in use, are limiting nurses in their working method.