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Toolkit: Asthma Physical Assessment

Auscultation of the respiratory system

The journal article entitled Auscultation of the respiratory system discusses the physics, mechanisms and characteristics of breath sounds.  It also describes normal breath sounds and a variety of abnormal breath sounds.

Sarkar M, Madabhavi I, Niranjan N, Dogra M. Auscultation of the respiratory system. Annals of Thoracic Medicine. 2015;10(3):158-168. doi:10.4103/1817-1737.160831.

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A Stepwise Approach to the Interpretation of Pulmonary Function Tests

The following article entitled A Stepwise Approach to the Interpretation of Pulmonary Function Tests reviews how to assess pulmonary function tests and how to relate the information found to patient assessment.

Johnson JD, Theurer WM.  A Stepwise Approach to the Interpretation of Pulmonary Function Tests. Am Fam Physician. 2014;89(5):359-366.

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Lung Auscultation Landmarks, Sounds | Placement Nursing Assessing Lungs Part 1

The following video “Lung Auscultation Landmarks, Sounds | Placement Nursing Assessing Lungs Part 1” is a detailed lecture-based tutorial about how to perform lung auscultation.  The 20 minute video geared towards nurses and includes information related to lung anatomy, auscultation points of the lungs, normal breath sounds and abnormal breath sounds (including audio clips).

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Lung Assessment Nursing | Lung Auscultation | Assessing Lung Sounds Part 2

This video “Lung Assessment Nursing | Lung Auscultation | Assessing Lung Sounds Part 2is a supplement to the above video.  It demonstrates how to auscultate the lung on a patient with a stethoscope.  It includes information about lung auscultation landmarks and stethoscope placement/points.  It also reviews normal and abnormal breath sounds.

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Lung sounds - Breath sounds Types & Causes

The following video, Lung sounds - Breath sounds Types & Causes, discusses types of breath sounds with audio of each breath sound reviewed.  The video also describes the causes of each breath sound and clinical implications.

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Overall Physical Assessment:

This text offers a practical approach to patient assessment skills in pharmacy practice. The book covers basic anatomy and physiology, pathology, and system assessment through interview, communication, and some physical exams, to help pharmacists and pharmacy students correlate signs and symptoms of possible diseases. 

Jones RM, Rospond RM, eds. Patient Assessment in Pharmacy Practice. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2009.

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