Indicating how breathless you are
Using a Borg scale can help you to indicate to others how breathless you are.
Using a Borg scale
When you become breathless, it may help to give your family, friends and healthcare professionals a clear idea of how bad the breathlessness is. This can help them to understand how much support you need at the time. A Borg scale can be used to give your breathlessness a number – with 0 being no breathlessness at all and 10 being the most severe breathlessness.
A Borg scale can also help you to be aware of your breathing and how it changes, especially when carrying out activities.
You might want to point to the scale during episodes of breathlessness, to communicate to others how you’re feeling when you don’t want to use your breath
Here's a Borg scale to help you indicate to those around you how breathless you are:
Borg, G. Psychophysical bases of perceived exertion. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 1982. 14:377. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.