Auscultation of the lungs

Such a commonly used procedure as lung auscultation is performed according to a specific plan. In this case, a stethoscope or phonendoscope is used in the strictly symmetrical areas of the chest, located on the left and right.

By the way, a concrete plan is also needed for percussion.

Listening is carried out initially from the front and from above in the supraclavicular and subclavian zones. Then the stethoscope must be slowly moved in the lower direction, then to the sides.

In the same way, listening to the lungs behind and in the axillary areas is carried out. In order to substantially increase the area of ​​the surface to be heard in the space between the shoulder blades, the patient, at the individual request of the medic, must cross his arms on the chest. In this case, the shoulder blades will be taken outwards from the spine line. To make it easier to listen to the axillary zones, the patient must not only raise his hands up, but also lay his hands on his head.

To listen to the patient, the latter can be in any position. However, the best option is when the patient is sitting in a chair and his hands are folded in his lap. However, nothing interferes with listening to the patient, which is worth it. However, do not forget the important point - the effect of hyperventilation during the deep breathing stage can cause severe dizziness, and sometimes fainting.

Auscultation of the lungs

auscultation of the lungs

Therefore, and also with the aim of pressing the stethoscope to the skin surface as closely as possible, it is desirable to support the patient with the other hand from the side opposite to the side to be listened to. The same recommendation is relevant if the doctor uses a solid stethoscope.

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