Quantcast How Do I Assess a Patient's Breathing Rate and Quality - Taking Vital Signs

Share on Google+Share on FacebookShare on LinkedInShare on TwitterShare on DiggShare on Stumble Upon
Custom Search
 
  
 
(3)
Character. Sputum may be watery, semi-liquid, viscous, or frothy.
(a)
Watery. Watery sputum is thin and usually colorless.
(b)
Viscous. Viscous sputum is very thick, firm, and stays together.
(c)  Semi-liquid. The normal thickness of sputum is semi-liquid. It is
thicker than watery sputum but not as thick as viscous sputum.
(d) Frothy. Frothy sputum is foam-like and contains many small air
bubbles.
(4)  Odor. Normal sputum has little or no odor. Abnormal sputum may have
a sweaty smell or a foul and offensive smell.
4-5.
HOW DO I ASSESS A PATIENT'S BREATHING RATE AND QUALITY?
You normally assess the patient's breathing when you are taking his pulse. Take
his pulse in such a manner that you do not need to move in order to observe his
breathing also. The best position is the position shown in figure 3-3 A. If you are not to
take his pulse also, observe his breathing when he is at rest (usually lying down) and
not aware that you are observing his breathing.
a. Counting Breaths. When you finish counting the patient's pulse rate, count
the patient's breaths (the rising and falling of his chest) before recording his pulse rate.
Continue to hold his wrist as though you were still counting his pulse rate.
(1)  Count the number of complete breaths (the sequence of inhalation and
exhalation is one breath) that occur during a 60-second period.
(2)  After you have practice, you can count the number of breaths that occur
during 30 seconds and multiply that number by two. This procedure, however, can only
be used if the patient's breathing is regular. If his breathing is irregular, count for the full
60 seconds.
b. Note Abnormalities. As you count the patient's breaths, look and listen for
abnormalities (rapid or slow breathing, shallow or deep breathing, irregular breathing,
noises, indications of pain, coughing, and so forth).
c. Record Breathing Rate and Quality. Record the number of complete
breathing cycles per minute on your form or sheet of paper. The number can be either
even or odd. Suppose your 60-second period began as the patient started to inhale.
Also suppose that he had 15 complete breaths plus one full inhalation (no exhalation)
when the 60 seconds expired. You would record his rate as "15" since only complete
cycles (inhalation and exhalation) are to be counted.
MD0531
4-7



Medical News
Genetic variant protects some Latina women from breast cancer
An international research collaboration led by UC San Francisco researchers...
medicalxpress.com
Heart rate may predict survival and brain function in comatose cardiac arrest survivors
Researchers may have developed a way to potentially assist prognostication...
medicalxpress.com
Duncan kin, some at hospital near end of Ebola isolation
A 21-day quarantine for extended family of the first Ebola...
medicalxpress.com
Texas hospital apologizes over handling of Ebola case
The Texas hospital that cared for the first patient to...
medicalxpress.com
Viagra protects the heart beyond the bedroom
Viagra could be used as a safe treatment for heart...
medicalxpress.com
Head injury causes the immune system to attack the brain
Scientists have uncovered a surprising way to reduce the brain...
medicalxpress.com
Scientists say national Alzheimer's plan milestones must be strengthened to meet goal by 2025
The U.S. Government has initiated a major effort to prevent...
medicalxpress.com
Mummy remains refute antiquity of ankylosing spondylitis
Ankylosing spondylitis is a systemic disease that causes inflammation in...
medicalxpress.com
Group B streptococcus incidence rises significantly among newborns
The findings suggest that this disturbing trend could be due...
medicalxpress.com
Study shows medication is frequently, unintentionally given incorrectly to young children
According to Nationwide Children's Hospital researchers, 63,000 children under the...
medicalxpress.com
Test shows Spain nursing assistant clear of Ebola
A Spanish nursing assistant appears to have recovered from the...
medicalxpress.com
Metabolic genetics research paves way to treating diabetes and obesity
Breaking down complex conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes and...
medicalxpress.com
EM Nerd: Unclog the "Clogged Pipes" Model (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- PCI is rarely helpful in ACS patients....
medpagetoday.com
Tear duct implant effective at reducing pain and inflammation in cataract surgery patients
The first tear duct implant developed to treat inflammation and...
medicalxpress.com
Experimental Ebola vaccine expected in Geneva Tuesday: hospital
Canada will start sending more than 1,000 doses of an...
medicalxpress.com
Many older people have mutations linked to leukemia, lymphoma in their blood cells
At least 2 percent of people over age 40 and...
medicalxpress.com
New insight that 'mega' cells control the growth of blood-producing cells
While megakaryocytes are best known for producing platelets that heal...
medicalxpress.com
Lab-developed intestinal organoids form mature human tissue in mice
Researchers have successfully transplanted "organoids" of functioning human intestinal tissue...
medicalxpress.com
Spike in ER Use Short-Lived After Medicaid Expansion
(MedPage Today) -- State budgets unlikely to take big hit,...
medpagetoday.com
Microbiome May Link Jet Lag to Obesity, Disease (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Circadian rhythms in intestinal microbes affect the...
medpagetoday.com
 


Privacy Statement - Copyright Information. - Contact Us

comments powered by Disqus

Integrated Publishing, Inc.
9438 US Hwy 19N #311 Port Richey, FL 34668

Phone For Parts Inquiries: (727) 755-3260
Google +