To the average person, watches seem to be used only to tell time. But, to a medical practitioner – like a nurse – however, watches, or medical watches (also known as fob watch) to be exact, have so much more purposes than just an accessory used to tell time. They are extremely useful and essential to effectively carry out daily work-related activities.

1. Track and record patient vitals

Medical watches are capable of tracking and recording patient vitals, a fundamental and frequent type of usage. Common patient vitals include the breathing rate, body temperature and apical pulse rates. These vitals can be tracked and recorded using watches accurately. Having more accurate time-tracking facilitates better evaluations for nurses and doctors.

It also gives them clues about their patients’ current health conditions and aids them in detecting any possible health irregularities. In the case of medication administered, being able to assess patient vitals can assist nurses in determining the usefulness of the medication or treatment.

2. Administer medication

Watches are also used to ensure that patients’ medications are given at the correct time intervals. Some nurses also use watches that are equipped with an alarm to notify them of impending medications. In some cases, nurses might need to provide medicine over a specified period.

They keep track of how quickly or slowly the administration is occurring. If this administration is slowed or delayed, it could significantly reduce patients’ exposure to possible medical complications and health risks.

Of course, this depends on the speed of the administered medicine, the type of medicine, or other contributing factors that can affect the medicine’s response.

3. Documentation and lab charting

Watches are needed to accurately carry out medical documentation. This is because accurate time and date records of treatments, assessments and tests are required.

Additionally, lab charting and recording is done when medical interactions with patients occur. The purpose of this is to track the medical condition of patients. This results in the personnel involved having a clear understanding of patients’ health.

The lack of accurate record-keeping could make it much more difficult to measure a patient’s health development and/or results. It could even create issues for record-keepers since they could be confused – evidently, giving rise to complications.


Nurses have a lot on their plate every day. They are often responsible for an array of medical duties – e.g. documentation and recording vitals, as mentioned above. In order to keep those duties more manageable, medical watches are without a doubt an essential piece for nurses – providing them the convenience and assistance that they need to stay on track with their daily duties. MIMS

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