An increase in the number of breaths per minute may be an early consideration that indicates a person’s difficulty in breathing or inability to obtain sufficient oxygen levels.
Change in color
When a person isn’t getting enough oxygen, a pale or bluish color around the mouth, on the inside of the lips, or on the fingernails can appear.
One method that can be noticed is the way the chest appears to sink just below the neck or under the breastbone, or both. This shows it attempts to get more air into the lungs.
While breathing, the openings of the nose may expand widely, signaling that the person is having to work harder to breathe.
Apart from all the sweat, the skin may also feel clammy and cool. This normally is experienced when breathing is faster than normal.
Wheezing (noisy breathing)
Each breath may produce a tight, whistling, or melodic sound, revealing that the air channels are narrower (tighter), making breathing more difficult.
Change in body positioning
A person may suddenly shift its body positioning to be able to take in deeper breaths. Some may try leaning forward or tilting their head up or even backwards.
Causes and Other Risk Factors of Respiratory Depression
There are quite a number of causes that could be related to ARDS but a few worth mentioning are as follows: