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Protocol - Respiratory Rate - Adult Protocol

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Description:

A study staff member counts the number of complete respiratory cycles (one inspiration and one expiration) a subject breathes in 60 seconds.

Specific Instructions:

None

Protocol:

1) Use a watch that can measure time in seconds.

2) Place the subjects arm in a relaxed position across his abdomen or lower chest.

3) Observe a complete respiratory cycle (one inspiration and one expiration).

4) Count the number of respiration for 60 seconds. For adults with regular respiratory rhythm, it may be adequate to count for 30 seconds and multiply by two.

5) While counting, note whether depth is shallow, normal, or deep, and whether rhythm is normal or an altered pattern.

6) Record the results.

Protocol Name from Source:

Availability:

Publicly available

Personnel and Training Required

Staff trained to count respiratory rates and auscultated 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:

Adult, Adult, Senior

Participants:

Adults

Selection Rationale

The Working Group selected this protocol to standardize the approach to measurement of respiratory rate.

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 adult proto 62634-1 LOINC
Derived Variables

None

Process and Review

Not applicable.

Source
Potter, P. A., & Perry, A. G. (1985). Fundamentals of nursing. St. Louis (MO): C.V. Mosby Company.
General References

None

Protocol ID:

91403

Variables:
Export Variables
Variable Name Variable IDVariable DescriptiondbGaP Mapping
PX091403_Breathing_Depth_Comments
PX091403040000 Breathing depth comments N/A
PX091403_Breathing_Pattern_Comments
PX091403030000 Breathing pattern comments N/A
PX091403_Respiratory_Cycles
PX091403010000 Number of respiratory cycles in one minute Variable Mapping
PX091403_Respiratory_Depth_Comments
PX091403020000 Respiratory Depth Comments N/A
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