3. Monitoring Respiratory Function

  1. Philip Jevon RN, BSc(Hons), PGCE,
  2. Beverley Ewens RN, BSc(Hons), PGCE and
  3. Jagtar Singh Pooni BSc(Hons), MRCP(UK), FRCA
  1. Philip Jevon,
  2. Beverley Ewens and
  3. Jagtar Singh Pooni

Published Online: 31 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118702932.ch3

Monitoring the Critically III Patient

Monitoring the Critically III Patient

How to Cite

Jevon, P., Ewens, B. and Pooni, J. S. (2012) Monitoring Respiratory Function, in Monitoring the Critically III Patient (eds P. Jevon, B. Ewens and J. S. Pooni), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd,., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118702932.ch3

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 9 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444337471

Online ISBN: 9781118702932



  • Adequacy of ventilation;
  • Arterial blood gas (ABG) analysis;
  • Breathing and tracheostomy;
  • Chest drain;
  • Dyspnoea;
  • Non-invasive ventilation (NIV);
  • Peak expiratory flow rate (PEF);
  • Principles of capnography;
  • Pulse oximetry;
  • Ventilated patient monitoring


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Assessment of the Efficacy of Breathing, Work of Breathing and Adequacy of Ventilation

  • Comprehensive Assessment of the Breathless Patient

  • Associated Symptoms of Dyspnoea

  • Measurement of Peak Expiratory Flow Rate

  • Pulse Oximetry

  • Arterial Blood Gas Analysis

  • Principles of Capnography

  • Monitoring Priorities of a Ventilated Patient

  • Monitoring the Patient Receiving Non-Invasive Ventilation

  • Principles of Monitoring a Patient with a Chest Drain

  • Principles of Monitoring the Patient with a Temporary Tracheostomy

  • Scenarios

  • Conclusion

  • References