For this lab, you will learn how to check the last of

For this lab, you will learn how to check the last of the “big four” vital signs: respiration rate. You’ll check the respiration rate of a partner and also learn a little bit about dealing with acute respiratory distress, e.g., checking to see if someone is breathing at all.
First, let’s learn a little bit about how to check someone’s respiration rate; it’s quite easy and requires nothing more than a timer! Review the following sites to see three different perspectives on how to measure respiration rate:
How to count respirations
How to measure someones pulse and respirations
Health Encyclopedia – Vital signs
Children breathing too fast
How to take a respiratory rate in first aid
Let’s put the information you just learned into practice: perform a respiration check on a partner who is at least 12 years old. You may, as recommended by the sites, “sneak” the respiration check while checking their pulse as long as your partner has consented for you to check their “vital signs.” Telling someone you are checking their pulse, but instead are planning to check their respiratory rate, would be unethical.
Based on your experiences, answer the following questions.
Pretend you are entering the respiration rate into a medical record. How would you record it?
Was the subject’s respiration rate in a health range?
What would be different about detecting an abnormal respiration rate if you were checking the respiration rate of a four year old?
Do you think you got an accurate respiration rate? Is there any reason to think the subject might have altered their breathing?
What exact steps did you take to measure the respiration rate, including any questions you asked or instructions you gave? How long did you measure for?
Emergency Response
While recording a person’s resting respiration rate is an important diagnostics tool, sometimes a person is not breathing at all and requires immediate emergency medical intervention. To truly learn how to respond in case of an emergency, you should eventually take a first aid class, including CPR training, but to get a sense of what you would learn in those classes, you can research basic first aid steps online, such as at this site:
First aid basics
You can supplement the content from this site with information from these other sites:
How to check airway, breathing and circulation
Breathing difficulties – first aid
Based on the contents of these sites, answer the following questions:
Which parts of the DRABC acronym deal directly with the respiratory system?
Some first-aid practitioners also recommend a secondary assessment, which involves a head-to-toe inspection of the patient. Why would this assessment be important?
Under which conditions should CPR be performed? What checks or actions should be performed first?