Medical Devices for Measuring Respiratory Rate in Children: a Review

DAW, William, KINGSHOTT, Ruth, SAATCHI, Reza, BURKE, Derek, HOLLOWAY, Alan, TRAVIS, Jon, EVANS, Robert, JONES, Anthony, HUGHES, Ben and ELPHICK, Heather (2016). Medical Devices for Measuring Respiratory Rate in Children: a Review. Journal of Advances in Biomedical Engineering and Technology, 3, 21-27.

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Respiratory rate is an important vital sign used for diagnosing illnesses in children as well as prioritising patient care. All children presenting acutely to hospital should have a respiratory rate measured as part of their initial and ongoing assessment. However measuring the respiratory rate remains a subjective assessment and in children can be liable to measurement error especially if the child is uncooperative. Devices to measure respiratory rate exist but many provide only an estimate of respiratory rate due to the associated methodological complexities. Some devices are used within the intensive care, post-operative or more specialised investigatory settings none however have made their way into the everyday clinical setting. A non-contact device may be better tolerated in children and not cause undue stress distorting the measurement. Further validation and adaption to the acute clinical setting is needed before such devices can supersede current methods.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Respiratory rate, Monitoring, Measurement, Children, Medical devices
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Materials and Engineering Research Institute > Modelling Research Centre > Microsystems and Machine Vision Laboratory
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Engineering and Mathematics
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Page Range: 21-27
Depositing User: Reza Saatchi
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2018 10:30
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 07:49

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