UNCONTROLLED WHEN PRINTED
Indications
  • To identify abnormalities in the chest and abdominal cavity by auscultation.
Contraindications
Contraindications
Patient Factors & Considerations
Factors
Procedure
  • All relevant infection control methods to be utilised.
  • Explain the procedure to the patient.
  • Expose the area to be auscultated, taking into consideration female patients and over exposure.
  • Prepare stethoscope.

Chest

  • Utilise the stethoscope and auscultate the patient’s chest in the different landmarks as set out in the diagram (1).
  • Instruct the patient to inhale deeply while auscultating the chest.
  • Listen for any abnormal sounds.
  • Assess the air entry into the lungs by comparing bilaterally.

Abdomen

  • Utilise the stethoscope and auscultate the patient’s abdomen in the different landmarks as set out in the diagram (2).
  • Instruct the patient to relax and breathe normally while auscultating the abdomen.
  • Listen for any abnormal sounds.
  • Assess patient for any expression of pain.
  • To confirm that bowel sounds are absent ideally listen continuously for 5 minutes (minimum 1 minute per segment).
Auscultation - Stethoscope

Diagram 1 - Auscultation of the chest

Auscultation - Chest

 

Diagram 2 - Auscultation of the abdomen

Auscultation - Abdomen
Success
  • Document any abnormalities noted, and intervene as appropriate.
Discontinue
Discontinue
Additional Information
  • Chest Auscultation. (2014). Expert in My Pocket. http://expertinmypocket.com.au/chest-auscultation/ 

References
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