breathing ratemedical dictionary

<respiratory medicine, clinical sign> Also referred to as the respiratory rate.

Measured as the number of breaths taken every minute. Normal resting adult respiratory rates are from 16-20 breaths per minute.

The normal 1 year old infant can have a respiratory rate of 30 breaths per minute. Count the breaths taken in 30 seconds observing the rise and fall of the chest and then multiply this number by 2.

(27 Sep 1997)