I feel very embarrassed to ask this question, but I am. I'm in my first semester and we have been doing physical assessments on patients every week since school started, however, are check off isn't until tomorrow. I know the majority of the stethoscope placement, but still have a little trouble when it comes to listening to women. Are you supposed to lift up the left breast for heart sounds, or is the actual area just around it? Also is it the same for lung sounds? Thanks for any help!
We were taught in class to lift the breast if needed, but I would check with your clinical instructor in the morning before your checkoff just to make sure that is how they would like you to do it.
Last edit by Fitzy819 on Apr 11, '10