Respiratory rate: the neglected vital sign

Allen C Cheng, James F Black and Kirsty L Buising
Med J Aust 2008; 189 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb02163.x
Published online: 3 November 2008

To the Editor: We note with interest the recent commentary by Cretikos et al on the predictive value of a high respiratory rate for adverse outcomes.1 We wish to provide empirical evidence from Australian patients with pneumonia in support of their view that simple clinical parameters are good predictors of adverse outcomes.

  • Allen C Cheng1
  • James F Black2
  • Kirsty L Buising3

  • 1 Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, NT.
  • 2 Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.



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