1. Health
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Agonal Respirations

By

Updated April 15, 2014

Definition: Irregular, gasping breaths often seen during cardiac arrest. In most cases, rescuers will see victims take these gasping breaths no more than 10 to 12 times per minute; that's one every five to six seconds. Agonal respirations do not provide adequate oxygen to the body and should be considered the same as no breathing at all (respiratory arrest).
Pronunciation: AG-oh-null res-per-A-shunsAudio Link
Also Known As: respiratory arrest or apnea
  1. About.com
  2. Health
  3. First Aid
  4. Basic First Aid
  5. Glossary
  6. Medical Definition of Agonal Respirations

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.