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Free webinar: 30 September 2020, 12 noon
Assessing respiratory rate (RR) is an important patient observation but is often overlooked or performed inaccurately. Accurate RR assessment is particularly crucial during the coronavirus pandemic as the respiratory system is most commonly affected and many patients requiring hospital treatment experience severely impaired respiratory function.
In order to support the response to Covid-19 and improve understanding of this crucial nursing responsibility, Nursing Times is broadcasting a free webinar on key aspects of respiratory assessment.
The webinar, which is hosted by Ann Shuttleworth, Nursing Times practice and learning editor, has been funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Hillrom and will be broadcast at 12 noon on 30 September 2020.
It features Iain Wheatley, respiratory nurse consultant at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and Nursing Times author, who explains:
- Why measurement and recording are crucial
- The anatomy and physiology of breathing
- How to take an accurate measurement
- Breathing rhythm and chest movement
- Using this vital sign to detect deterioration
Iain qualified as a nurse in 1996 and worked in general medicine before becoming a critical care nurse and developing the role within a new critical care outreach team; he also set up a medical acute dependency unit and a sleep and ventilation service. Iain is the non-medical prescribing lead, and the lead for the level 6 and 7 degree respiratory course for his trust. He has published and presented papers on various aspects of sleep and ventilation. Currently Iain is a nurse consultant for a range of acute and respiratory care managing teams.
Iain is the subcommittee member lead for sleep and ventilation for the Therapy committee of the Association of Respiratory Nurse Specialist. He is a committee member of the local respiratory network Kent Surrey and Sussex allied health Science, as well as a member of the clinical reference group for respiratory specialist commissioning, a member of the NICE sleep disordered breathing committee, and has worked with NCEPOD on its non-invasive ventilation report.