Why is Respiratory Rate the Neglected Vital Sign? A Narrative Review

Malcolm Elliott

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    Abstract

    Respiratory rate assessment is essential for detecting acute changes in a patient's condition. Despite this, research has shown that it is the most neglected vital sign in clinical practice. This literature review identified three key reasons for this: inadequate knowledge regarding respiratory rate assessment; nurses' perception of patient acuity; and lack of time. These factors suggest poor understanding of the importance of respiratory rate as a vital sign.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-4
    Number of pages4
    JournalInternational Archives of Nursing and Health Care
    Volume2
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2016

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