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Respiratory Distress

Overview

  • Increased work of breathing, or respiratory distress, suggest that the patient is having significant difficulty breathing that requires immediate assessment and management.
    • Look For

    • Conscious state - distress / agitation / decreased consciousness
    • Speech - phrases → words → none
    • Face - nasal flaring, pursed lips
    • Accessory muscle use
    • Recession - intercostal recession, subcostal recession
    • Tachypnoea
    • Tachycardia
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