How to perform respiratory assessment

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2018.

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Duration: 01:00:00 Type: How to modules Level: Students, Qualified Nurses

Authors

Joyce Smith, Lecturer in adult nursing, University of Salford, Salford, England.
Melanie Rushton, Lecturer in adult nursing, University of Salford, Salford, England.


Short description

Read this module and update your knowledge and skills in respiratory assessment.


Detailed description

This module 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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