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Older Adult Respiratory Assessment

Speciality Classification
Nurses and Midwives
Location
Online
Delivery
Online
Duration
4 minutes
Provider
Ausmed

When presented with a critically ill patient, it is crucial to conduct a systematic assessment of that person in order to identify and respond appropriately to any potentially life-threatening conditions (Smith & Bowden 2017).

When conducting a respiratory assessment, it is important to monitor changes in vital signs in order to recognise a deteriorating patient. You need to be familiar with what is normal so that you can distinguish what is abnormal (ACSQHC 2019).

Although the assessment procedure for older adults is similar to the one used for younger adults, there are some physiological differences between the two age groups that should be considered.

Older Adult Respiratory and Heart Rates

Generally, breathing and heart rates (resting) do not change much with age (MedlinePlus 2018). For a healthy, average adult, the normal rates are:

  • Respiration: 12 to 18 breaths per minute; and

  • Heart rate: 60 to 100 beats per minute.

Delivery
Title
Older Adult Respiratory Assessment
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Agedcare, Emergency, Respiratory Medicine
Location
Provider Type
Education Provider
Duration
4 minutes
Start Date
05-Apr-2020
End Date
06-Apr-2023
CPD Points
4m of CPD
Price
Free
Location
Online
Price:
Free
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