A Basic Guide to Chest Auscultation

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Chest auscultation is a fundamental component of physical examination that can assist in the diagnosis of respiratory issues. It is a non-invasive, safe procedure dating back to the era of Hippocrates (who used his ear rather than a stethoscope), making it one of the oldest diagnostic techniques.

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Chest auscultation is a straightforward but highly useful diagnostic technique that dates back to over 2,000 years ago. It involves using a stethoscope to listen to a patient’s respiratory system and interpreting the lung sounds heard.


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Elle Putland
23 Apr 2021
This was easy to follow and understand
Sara-Jane Hird
13 Nov 2021
Quite informative for a short course, particularly helpful providing samples of lung sounds as well as descriptions for reference.
Michelle Gibson
03 Jun 2020
Kim Waterhouse
31 May 2023
Registered Nurse
Good. I wish the recordings were clearer though.
Jerzy Muchnicki
28 Sep 2023
Other Profession
nicely presented with great utility in everyday care
Patricia Farrell
03 Jun 2020
Excellent would recommend for registered staff to read.
Gareth Peck
31 May 2023
Registered Nurse
Excellent resource.
Andrea Brooks
23 Aug 2020
Good refresher
Annalene Gray
02 Jun 2020
This was an excellent resource which covered everything I needed especially the audio to reinforce knowledge of correct sounds and naming respiratory adventitious sounds.
Hayley Brown
30 May 2023
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