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Protocol - Respiratory Rate - Infant Protocol

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Description:

For infants (15 days to 3 years of age), a study staff member listens to breath sounds via a stethoscope lightly placed on the infants chest for 60 seconds to count the number of complete respiratory cycles (one inspiration and one expiration). Note that because respiratory rate in infants is significantly different when awake vs. when asleep, studies should be consistent in measuring this variable.

Specific Instructions:

None

Protocol:

1) Infants (15 days to 3 years) should be calm, either awake (including quietly seated or quietly playing) or asleep (sleep not associated with any spontaneous movement, including no eye movements or vocalizations). Infants: count breath sounds in a complete respiratory cycle for 60 seconds with a stethoscope gently placed on infants chest.

2) Record results.

Protocol Name from Source:

The Expert Review Panel has not reviewed this measure yet.

Availability:

Publicly available

Personnel and Training Required

Staff trained to count respiratory rates and auscultate breath sounds with a watch

Equipment Needs

Watch that can measure time in seconds and a stethoscope

Requirements
Requirement CategoryRequired
Major equipment No
Major equipment No
Specialized training No
Specialized training No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Mode of Administration

Physical Measurement

Life Stage:

Infant, Infant, Toddler, Toddler

Participants:

Infants ages 15 days to 3 years

Selection Rationale

The infant protocol was used in a study of 618 infants and children (309 healthy, 309 with non-respiratory problems) when awake and calm.

Language

English, English

Standards
StandardNameIDSource
Common Data Elements (CDE) Person Respiratory Rate Text 2970219 CDE Browser
Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) Resp rate infant proto 62632-5 LOINC
Derived Variables

None

Process and Review

The Expert Review Panel has not reviewed this measure yet.

Source
Rusconi, F., Castagneto, M., Gagliardi, L., Leo, G., Pellegatta, A., Porta, N., Razon, S., & Braga, M. (1994). Reference values for respiratory rate in the first 3 years of life. Pediatrics, 94, 350-355.
General References

None

Protocol ID:

91401

Variables:
Export Variables
Variable NameVariable IDVariable DescriptionVersiondbGaP Mapping
Respiratory
Measure Name:

Respiratory Rate

Release Date:

January 29, 2010

Definition

Respiratory rate is the number of breaths an individual takes within a specific amount of time (frequently given in breaths per minute).

Purpose

Respiratory rate is a low-burden, quantitative variable that can be used to distinguish individuals with and without various forms of lung disease.

Keywords

respiratory, lung, respiratory rate, breaths per minute, child, adult, infant, auscultation