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What do you call this respiratory pattern?

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by alapon77 alapon77 (New Member) New Member

alapon77 has 5 years experience and specializes in Hospice.

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Hello.

I'm working a continuous care case for an imminently dying patient who's got a particular breathing pattern.

It's not Cheyne-Stokes android it's not agonal.

She inhales halfway and, for less than half a second there's a pause, then she continues inhaling the full breath. She exhales normally. Her rate is 12 per min. No apnea or other irregularities.

What is this 'split-inhalation' breathing called?

Thanks,

Alan

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long time ago i noticed a similar pattern with a pt...

and the dr seemed to think it had to do with the splitting of the s2 heart sounds.

i don't understand it, just repeating what was told me.

leslie

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tewdles has 31 years experience as a RN and specializes in PICU, NICU, L&D, Public Health, Hospice.

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Back in the day, in PICU, we called that a "stacked" or "stepped" respiration...very dysfunctional.

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