Vital Signs: Respiratory Rate

Vital Signs: Respiratory Rate


  • Assess the child’s color, depth of respirations, presence of nasal flaring, grunting, retractions and type, use of accessory muscles and rhythm of respirations, the position that child assumes to breathe (e.g., sitting up or leaning forward), fussiness, and anxiety.

imageThe presence of respiratory distress or apnea is a medical emergency and requires immediate intervention.

  • Explain to the child and family, using developmentally appropriate language, what you are assessing and why it is important. It is best to make a general statement about measuring how the heart and lungs are working rather than specifying that the respiratory rate is counted to avoid the child consciously controlling his or her respirations.

  • Measure the child’s respiratory rate first, before disturbing the child for other procedures that may affect the rate.

Jul 9, 2020 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on Vital Signs: Respiratory Rate

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