7 Monitoring Respiration Rate (Resp)
Lateral Chest Expansion
Some patients, especially neonates, expand their chests laterally. In these cases it is best to place the
two respiratory electrodes in the right midaxillary and left lateral chest areas at the patient's maximum
point of breathing movement to optimize the respiratory wave.
Some patients with restricted chest movement breathe mainly abdominally. In these cases, you may
need to place the left leg electrode on the left abdomen at the point of maximum abdominal expansion
to optimize the respiratory wave.
Understanding the Resp Display
The Resp measurement is displayed on the monitor as a continuous wave and a numeric respiration
rate. If the detected respiration rate is close to the heart rate, this is indicated by the text
to the respiration wave if you are in manual monitoring mode. Your monitor screen may look slightly
different from the illustration.
Resp wave label
One Ohm calibration bar
Manually-set Resp detection level
Resp numeric and label
Changing Resp Detection Modes
The Resp detection level can be set either automatically or manually.
To change the resp detection mode, in the
Auto Detection Mode
In Auto Detection Mode, the monitor adjusts the detection level automatically, depending on the wave
height and the presence of cardiac artifact. Note that in Auto Detection Mode,
HR = RR
to toggle between