Nursing care of a baby with a disorder of the respiratory system

  • Doreen Crawford


Respiratory problems are the commonest cause of morbidity and mortality in the neonatal period. Each infant has individual differences in the rate of respiration, although the average is approximately 40 breaths per minute. Efficient and effective respiration, with adequate gas exchange, never results in laboured respiration. What constitutes tachypnoea may be defined differently between units; Roberton (1986) considers the average to be between 35 and 45 breaths per minute, and Levene (1987) states that a respiratory rate of 60 breaths per minute or over is tachypnoeic.


Respiratory Distress Syndrome Diaphragmatic Hernia Respiratory System Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Breathing Difficulty 
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