What is the best way to asses respirations?
For assessing the patient this is what one should do:
- Explain to the patient what you are about to do even if the patient is unconscious.
- Ensure the patient is comfortable.
- Make sure the patient is as relaxed as possible.
- Observe if the patient is distressed in any way.
- It is best to monitor and record the respiration's immediately after taking the pulse this will aid in a more accurate recording, as the patient will not be aware that you are observing respiration's. Awareness that respiration's are being recorded can make people alter their breathing.
- Observe the rise and fall of the chest (inspiration and expiration) - this counts as one breath.
- The respiration's should be counted for a full minute in order to have an accurate recording.
- Note the pattern of breathing and the depth of the breaths.
- Document your findings on the patients observation chart, note any changes and report to the medical team.
- Before leaving ensure the patient is comfortable.