## When should the CNA count respirations?

Table of Contents

## When should the CNA count respirations?

Some healthcare facilities require nursing assistants to count respirations for 30 seconds and then multiply the result by two. If respirations are irregular, the nursing assistant should count the number of full breaths for one full minute using a watch with a second hand.

**How do you count patient respirations?**

The respiration rate is the number of breaths a person takes per minute. The rate is usually measured when a person is at rest and simply involves counting the number of breaths for one minute by counting how many times the chest rises.

### How do you count respirations step by step?

To get an accurate measurement:

- Sit down and try to relax.
- It’s best to take your respiratory rate while sitting up in a chair or in bed.
- Measure your breathing rate by counting the number of times your chest or abdomen rises over the course of one minute.
- Record this number.

**How many seconds do you count respirations?**

To measure the respiratory rate, count the number of breaths for an entire minute or count for 30 seconds and multiply that number by two.

#### Can you count respirations for 30 seconds?

One respiration includes a full respiratory cycle (including both inspiration and expiration). Thus, the rise and the fall of the abdomen or chest is counted as one full breath. Count for 30 seconds if the rhythm is regular or for a full minute if irregular (OER #1).

**How can you count respirations without letting the patient know?**

If you are taking TPR, how can you count respirations without letting the patient know you are doing it? Do not tell the patient, leave hand on pulse site so the patient thinks you are still counting pulse.

## How long do you count respirations?

**What should the nurse note or observe when counting respirations?**

Remember one rise (inspiration) and one fall (expiration) of the chest equals one breath. Count the rise and fall for 30 seconds, and if the breathing rate is REGULAR, multiple by 2. If breathing rate is irregular, count for one full minute.