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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.
This supplement aims to help nurses and other health professionals understand respiratory function and increase their skills and confidence in its assessment. It discusses the following key aspects of respiratory rate assessment:
- Why measurement and recording respiratory rate are crucial
- Anatomy and physiology of breathing
- How to take an accurate measurement
- Breathing rhythm and chest movement
- Using this vital sign to detect deterioration
The supplement complements our free webinar on respiratory rate assessment and monitoring, which features Iain Wheatley, respiratory nurse consultant at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust and author of some articles in the supplement.
Register to view the supplement
This supplement was funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Hillrom.
For more information on how Connected Vital Signs from Hillrom can support your workflow in identifying patient deterioration please click here.