Rapid Review: Assessing Breath Sounds

Rapid Review: Assessing Breath Sounds 

This is a rapid review series introductory course. Evaluating breath sounds is a key component to any physical exam. This assessment helps to identify the presence of respiratory and/or cardiac conditions. By identifying potential issues with or changes in the respiratory and/or cardiac systems, you will be better able to prevent unnecessary hospital readmissions. The procedure used for this assessment is called auscultation, which is the examination technique in which you listen to the internal sounds of the body. Breath sounds are assessed by auscultating the lungs. Listening to the lungs allows you to assess the flow of air through the bronchial tree and identify any adventitious, or additional, sounds heard over the normal breath sounds.


Hours: 0.50


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Course Details

Course Code: REL-SRC-0-RRABRS
Hours: 0.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 6/30/2022
Learning Objectives:
Identify the anatomical points of reference of the thorax and the anatomical location and structure of the lungs
Differentiate between the different types of adventitious breath sounds
List the steps for auscultation of the lungs

Section 1: Introduction A. Assessing Breath Sounds Section 2: Basic Anatomy A. Basic Anatomy Section 3: Breath Sounds A. Abnormal Adventitious B. Activity – Identifying Breath Sounds Section 4: Auscultation of the Lungs A. General Principles B. Preparing for Auscultation C. Steps Involved – Anterior D. Steps Involved – Posterior and Lateral Section 5: Conclusion A. Conclusion B. Congratulations

Instructor: Cheryl Swann, RN-BC, BSN, WCC, LNHA
Cheryl Swann, RN-BC, BSN, WCC, LNHA has worked in long-term care for 20 years. Mrs. Swann has worked in many positions including Director of Nursing, Medicare Nurse Coordinator and Nursing Home Administrator. Cheryl is certified in both Gerontological nursing and wound care. In the past, she has assisted in the operations of multiple nursing facilities, including staffing, payroll, public health concerns, family member issues, management of consultant relationships (e.g. pharmacy, dietary, etc.), and as an intermediary between long-term care facilities and doctors. Mrs. Swann worked closely with federal monitors and the Office of Inspector General in developing an effective Continuous Quality Improvement and compliance program in her organization. Mrs. Swann has presented nationally regarding effective Quality Assurance, Restraint Reduction, Wound Prevention, CMS Five Star Quality Rating System and Developing a Corporate Compliance Program. Her expertise includes staff training and development, Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement initiatives, and policy development. Disclosure: Cheryl Swann, RN-BC, BSN, WCC, LNHA has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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The target audience for this course is: Nurses; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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