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# Respiratory Rate Measurement

Respiratory system provides a means of acquiring oxygen and eliminating CO2. Various laws are involved in the understanding of respiratory functions.

RESPIRATORY RATE MEASUREMENT

Respiratory system provides a means of acquiring oxygen and eliminating CO2. Various laws are involved in the understanding of respiratory functions.

Various Gas laws are given below:

1.     BOYLE’S LAW: It states that at constant temperature, the volume of gas varies inversely with the pressure.

V2/V1 =P1/P2 here temperature T= constant

V2= Final volume

V1 = Initial volume

P1   =   Original (initial) pressure

P2 = Final pressure

2. CHARLE’S LAW: It states that, at constant pressure, the volume of gas isdirectly proportional to the absolute temperature.

V2/V1 =T2/T1 Here pressure P=constant

V2, V1 =Final, initial volume

T1 =original temperature

T2 = Final temperature

3 . HENRY’S LAW : It states that, if the temperature is constant, the quantity of a gas that goes into a solution is directly proportional to the partial pressure of that gas . The gas with the greater partial pressure will have more mass in solution.

4. DALTON’S LAW    : It states that, the total pressure exerted by a mixture of gases is equal to the sum of the partial pressures of various gases.

PT =P1 + P2 + …………… +Pn

PT = total pressure

P1, P2 ,P3 = partial pressure of various gases

TYPES OF RESPIRATION

Respiration is nothing but the interchange of gases between an organism and the living medium Internal respiration is the exchange of gases between the blood stream and nearby cells

.External respiration  is the exchange of gases between the lungs and blood stream .

Lungs Volumes and Capacities (Respiration Parameters) Or (LVC)

Respiration parameters are used to indicate the state of respiratory function , including lung volumes and capacities , airway resistance , lung compliance , etc .

Only a portion of the air entering the respiratory system actually reaches the alveoli . The volume of air that is not available for gas exchange with the blood is known as dead air . The total dead space is less less than 30 percentage of the total volume .

Tidal Volume (TV)

Tidal volume is the depth of breathing or the volume of gas inspired or expired during each respiratory cycle. It is equal to 500 ml for a normal person .

Inspiratory Reserve Volume (IRV)

It is the maximal amount of gas that can be inspired from the end- inspiratory position ( Extra inspiration from the high peak tidal volume . It is equal to 3600 ml for a normal person

Expiratory reserve volume (ERV)

It is the maximal amount of gas that can be end expiratory level. It is equal to 1200 ml.

Residual Volume(RV)

It is the amount of gas remaining in the lungs at the end of maximal expiration. It is equal to 1200 ml.

Minute Volume (MV)

It is the volume of air breathed normally for 1 minute.

Total Lung Capacity(TLC)

It is the amount of gas contained in the lungs at the end of maximal inspiration and it is the sum of inspiratory capacity(IC) and functional residual capacity (FRC). TLC is of 6000 ml for a normal person.

Vital Capacity(VC)

It is the maximum amount of gas that can be expelled from the lungs by forceful effort from maximal inspiration. It is 4800 ml for a normal person.

Inspiratory Capacity(IC)

It is the maximum amount of gas that can be inspired from the resting expiratory level and it is the sum of tidal volume and inspiratory reserve volume. It is equal to 3600 ml for a normal person.

Functional Residual Capacity(FRC)

It is the amount of gas remaining in the lungs at the resting expiratory level. FRC = ERV + RV

Airway resistance

It relates to the ease with air flows through tubular respiratory structures. In smaller tubes, airway resistance is high.

Lung Compliance

It is the ability of the alveoli and lung tissue to expand on inspiration.

Lung Elasticity

It is the ability of the lung’s elastic tissues to recoil during expiration

Intra thoractic Pressure

It is the positive and negative pressure occur within the thoracic cavity Types of respiration rate measurement

1.     Displacement method

2.     Thermistor method

3.     Impedance pneumography

4.     CO2 method

5.     Apnoea detectors

Displacement Method

In this method the transducer is hold by an elastic band which goes around the chest.The respiratory movements results in a corresponding resistance changes of the strain gauge. It is connected as one arm of a wheatstone bridge circuit. Its output varies with chest expansion. This output corresponds to the respiration activity.

Thermistor Method

Generally there is a temperature difference between inspired and expired air. This temperature is sensed by placing thermistor in front of nostrils. Thermistor is placed by using suitable stand. The thermistor is connected with the bridge circuit. So unbalance signal is amplified to get the respiratory activity.

1. IMPEDANCE PNEUMOGRAPHY

This is the indirect method of measurement . impedance pneumography is based on the fact that , the a.c impedance across the chest of a patient changes as respiration occurs . 50-50KHz a.c signal is produced by oscillator circuit and is given to the chest of the patient through electrodes.

The signal voltage applied to the amplifier (Differential amplifier) block is the voltage drop across the resistance .

V = I(R+  R)

Where   V= Output voltage (V)

I= Current through the chest (A)

R= chest impedance without respiration (R)

R= change of chest impedance due to respiration (Q)

The output of the amplifier is given to demodulator and filter block. Hence low pass filter is used to remove the residual carrier signal. The output of the impedance pneumograph contains respirating rate data.

CO2 Method

Respiration rate can be measured by measuring CO2 in expired air. This CO2 method of measurement is based on the absorption property of infrared rays by certain gases .When infrared rays are passed through the expired air which contains certain amount of CO2, some of radiations are absorbed by it. So, there is loss of heat energy associated with the rays .The detector changes the loss in heating effect of the rays into an electrical signal. It is used to get the average respiration rate. Two infrared sources are available in this set up. The beam from one infrared source falls on the test cuvette side. The beam from another infrared source falls on the reference cuvette side.

The detector has two identical portions. These portions are separated by a thin, flexible metal diaphragm. The detector is filled with a sample of pure CO2. Because of the absorption of CO2 in the test cuvette. The beam falling on the test side of the detector is weaker that falling on the reference side. The gas in reference side is heated more than that on the test side. So diaphragm is pushed slightly to the test side of the detector. This diaphragm forms one plate f a capacitor. The a.c signal appears across the detector is amplified and recorded using recorder. The amplified output is integrated. It is used for continuous monitoring the respiration rate.

Apnoea Detectors

Apnoea is the stopping of breathing. It leads to the arrest of the circulation. It can be occurred at the conditions like head injury, drug overdose, etc. It can also occur in premature babies during the first week of life because of their immature nervous system. If apnoea persists for a prolonged period, then brain functions can be severly damaged. So apnoea patients are closely monitored. Apnoea monitor is used to watch the apnoea patients respiration rate. Apnoea monitor gives audio signals and visual signals, when no inspiration occurs for a particular period of time. Input from the sensor is connected with the amplifier circuit having high input impedance.

The output of the amplifier circuit is connected with motion and respiration channel blocks. Motion channel block differentiates motion and the respiration based on the frequency. The frequency below 1.5 Hz is identified as respiration. The frequency above 1.5 Hz is identified as motion. High frequency signal above the threshold is sensed by positive detector.

The frequency below the threshold is sensed by negative detector. The output of the motion channel is connected with comparator circuit. It compares the amplitude of motion and respiration. Based on the output corresponding lamp will glow. In the respiration channel, low pass filter is used to remove high frequency signal. If there is no respiration, then schmid trigger circuit gives the output to switch on the alarm.

Apnoea period selector circuits contain low frequency alarm oscillator and tone oscillator, and audio amplifier. Apnoea perriod selector circuit drives the alarm circuit. The output of alarm circuit is connected with the sp eaker. So, where there is no respiration for a period of 10 or 20 sec, then audio signal through the speaker and visual signal through the flash light is delivered.

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