The number of breaths per minute or, more formally, the number of movements indicative of inspiration and expiration per unit time. In practice, the respiratory rate is usually determined by counting the number of times the chest rises or falls per minute. The aim of measuring respiratory rate is to determine whether the respirations are
normal, abnormally fast (tachypnea), abnormally slow (bradypnea), or nonexistent (apnea).
- Respiratory syncytial virus
A virus that causes mild respiratory infections, colds, and coughs in adults and can produce severe respiratory problems, including bronchitis and pneumonia, in young children and anyone with compromised immune, cardiac, or pulmonary systems. Abbreviated RSV. RSV is spread via respiratory secretions and is highly contagious. Infections usually occur during annual community outbreaks, often lasting […]
- Respiratory system
The organs that are involved in breathing, including the nose, throat, larynx, trachea, bronchi, and lungs. Also known as the respiratory tree.
- Respiratory therapist
A person who has graduated from an approved respiratory therapist program and is qualified to provide respiratory care under the supervision of a physician. In the US, respiratory therapists may be is registered by the National Board for Respiratory Care.
- Respiratory therapy
Exercises and treatments that help patients recover lung function, such as after surgery.
- Response, Babinski
Joseph Francois Felix Babinski (1857-1932). His name will not be soon forgotten in medicine, thanks to the Babinski response.