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hi. what is the normal range of the respiratory rate of an elderly person?

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Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 21 years experience
12-18 during health: According to Dr. Williams in a professional review of geriatrics pulmonary assessment from 2009, "Normal respiratory rates for older patients are 12 to 18 breaths per minute for those living independently and 16 to 25 breaths per minute for those in long term-care." There can be considerable variation depending on activity. If there is a concern about pulmonary status, best to see pulmonologist!

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