How to perform respiratory assessment
Joyce Smith Lecturer in adult nursing, University of Salford, Salford, England
Melanie Rushton Lecturer in adult nursing, University of Salford, Salford, England
This article aims to assist practitioners to perform a respiratory assessment.
A logical and structured approach to respiratory assessment, such as the ‘look, listen and feel’ approach, should be undertaken.
The respiratory rate is an early indicator of deterioration of a patient’s condition.
Signs of clinical deterioration should be responded to in a timely manner.
A track and trigger scoring tool can be used to evaluate physiological data, develop a management plan and indicate future investigations.
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Nursing Standard. 30, 7, 34-36. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.7.34.s45Correspondence
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Received: 13 October 2014
Accepted: 04 December 2014