One of our body’s most important vital signs – Respiratory rate is the most ignored. Measure respiratory rate indicates several medical conditions like asthma, pneumonia, cardiac arrests, and even cancer. It also affects emotional and mental states, physical conditions, and even exercise or sports performances. Respiratory rate is more sensitive in diagnosing these conditions compared to other vital signs of the body. However, it is not routinely measured when abundant technology, tools, and sensors are available to monitor it, especially with its critical implications on improving healthcare, work settings, sports, and exercise.
Respiratory rate is the collective sum of the number of breaths you take in a minute. Every bodily function should also be measured as it falls under the cluster of vital signs. Let us help you better understand the respiratory rate and how to measure it. Breathing rate can vary with age, weight, tolerance to exercise, and general health. The average adult’s normal breathing rate consists of 12 to 18 breaths per minute. However, several factors can impair respiratory function, creating a pattern of quick, shallow breathing.
You can measure your breathing rate by counting the number of breaths you take over the course of one minute while you’re at rest. Measuring our respiratory rate has different approaches based on our environmental settings.
Here is a list of 5 ways how you can measure your respiratory rate from this video on YouTube uploaded by Health Education England – HEE channel. Watch the and learn how to measure respiratory rate for better health.