Monitoring a client’s respiration rate is essential to facilitate the evaluation of medical treatment and nursing interventions.
A digital watch or watch with a second hand, together with an appropriate chart for recording, is required.
To monitor rate and compare to norm values
New-born: 30–80 rpm
Early childhood: 20–40 rpm
Late childhood: 15–25 rpm
Adult male: 14–18 rpm
Adult female: 16–20 rpm
Pulse-to-respiration ratio = 5:1