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Factors associated with the frequency of respiratory rate measurement by hospital nurses: a multicentre cross-sectional study

This study detected five independent factors associated with the frequency of RR measurement by the nurses. The perception of importance (item 2) and educational experiences (item 18) were positively...

The global elements of vital signs' assessment: a guide for clinical practice

Changes in respiratory function are increasingly recognised as the most sensitive indicator of clinical deterioration (Cahill et al, 2011). Respiratory rate is an early and extremely good indicator of...

The importance of respiratory rate monitoring

The body requires oxygen as an important part of its energy provision process. The respiratory system provides the body with oxygen and removes carbon dioxide as a waste product. This is the process...

Limitations of track and trigger systems and the National Early Warning Score. Part 3: cultural and behavioural factors

As in any robust discussion, it is important to appraise the available evidence. A report from the National Audit Office (NAO) (2005), A Safer Place for Patients, indicated that there are 34 000...

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