This exciting study was investigating the use of an oxygen mask equipped with a special sensor that measured respiratory rate using the R8 counter in post-operative recovery of adults and adolescents. The study enrolled 220 subjects across the UK and was performed within the theatre recovery unit. The site we were working at recruited 75 patients, including 3 adolescents, all having had a general anaesthetic and requiring oxygen post operatively.
The aim of the study was to establish whether measurements of respiratory rate taken using the oxygen mask and R8 counter were equivalent to manual respiratory counting methods in patients receiving oxygen via a face mask. The site we were working at had the highest recruitment rates compared to the other sites.