Respiratory assessment in a&e
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Respiratory assessment in a&e

Ruth Fndacott Post-graduate researcher in critical care
Christa Jenks Sister, Royal Devon and Hxeter I lospital

This article discusses the principles applied in any situation where a thorough respiratory assessment is required

Aim and intended learning outcomes

After reading this article, the nurse should be able to:

Describe the stages involved in oxygen delivery' to the tissues

Carry out a visual assessment of the patient’s respiratory status

Differentiate between normal and abnormal breath sounds

Discuss the principles and limitations of pulse oximetry

Describe the four types of acid-base imbalance

Emergency Nurse. 5, 4, 31-38. doi: 10.7748/en.5.4.31.s18

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