Posted 20 October 2012 - 04:18 PM
Posted 20 October 2012 - 05:16 PM
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 03:55 PM
If they know your counting chest rise they won't breath normally.
Posted 21 October 2012 - 05:10 PM
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Posted 23 October 2012 - 02:55 PM
Otherwise, to answer your inquiry, all previous posters have garnered through experience how to count respirations by different techniques, All are good, so try them out and figure what best works for you.
Posted 01 November 2012 - 05:47 AM
Respiratory rate does give you an very limited view of the patients respiratory condition as it is directly linked to a parameter that is only very rarely measured in an non-intubated patient: The tidal volume.
Only by the combination of both we have a -more or less- valid view of the -theoretic- oxygenation situation that -might- arrive in the patient. The RR can be measured by a trained monkey...The tidal volume is very often measured wrong or not at all....
The main problems with high -or low- respiratory rate is not the problem of the rate itself (although it of course contributes to the oxygen demand) but the oxygenation deficiency that is a result of it.
We are meanwhile in a position to monitor this oxygen deficiency much closer and with much better tools than we did in when main study that "proved" a link between chance to arrest and RespRate was done (Fieselmann, 1993).
In times were prehospital&ED BGA is becoming more and more of a standard -contrary to the wards- we should not trust a parameter that has a "unknown" variable in it....
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