Part of Lesson Plan: Vital Signs
Activity Overview / Details
Show transparency on the Respiratory System.
Explain the role and function of the respiratory system
Respiration means breathing air into (inhalation) and out of ( exhalation) the lungs.
Normal respiratory rates:
Adult 12 - 20 respirations per minute
Children 18 - 28 respirations per minute
Infants 24 - 35 respirations per minute
Count respirations when the patient is at rest.
- The patient should not know you are counting respirations
- To count respirations watch the chest rise and fall
- Respirations are counted right after taking a pulse
Show video on how to obtain respirations on a patient
Have students practice taking respirations on their partner. Discuss results
Explain respiratory terms on vital signs vocabulary handout: