What is a normal respiratory rate for an adult?

Asked by Course Participant

When we approach an unresponsive casualty we check for danger in the first instance, followed by response – to see if they are conscious.  Then we open their airway and check for normal breathing.  This is really important as 50% of adults in cardiac arrest will demonstrate agonal breathing.  When assessing breathing, how many breaths is normal in an adult in a minute – 12 – 20 breaths.  This would mean you would see at least 2 in a 10 second period. For more information, get in touch