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#1 YoungEMT95

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 04:18 PM

What is the best way to count patient respirations? I know to watch for chest rise and fall but some patients don't always have visible rise and fall.
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Posted 20 October 2012 - 05:16 PM

Hand over the diaphragm.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 03:41 AM

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 03:55 PM

Hold their wrist as in taking pulse. That will keep them from altering their resp rate .
If they know your counting chest rise they won't breath normally.
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 05:10 PM

I watch for nostril flare. Sometimes, it you have a sheet or a blanket on their chest, the folds will move too. This is good from the attendants chair because then they are not aware they are being watched. I totally hear you about chest rise and fall.
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