I am not a student but thought someone here might be able to help.
I find it hard to count a newborn's heart rate because it is so fast. I have seen sites for learning breath and heart sounds and wonder if there is one for counting newborn's HR. I'm sure there are hints on how to do it and am hoping for somewhere that I can count & see how accurate I am. Any other hints would be welcome.
Oct 30, '12
by Esme12, ASN, BSN, RN Senior Moderator
Quote from jt43
I'm a student and was wondering if it's normal to hear a split S2 sound on newborns? Sometimes when I'm auscultating and counting, it seems to me like there is an occasional 3rd sound. I asked a floor nurse about it and she thought that possibly I was getting confused hearing the couplets (lub-dub) because the heart rate was so fast. My perception was that there was definitely a third sound.
Good ear a split S2 is normal in the newborn due to the galloping cadence (rhythm) of their heart. It is the absence of it that is concern.
Newborn Cardiopulmonary Exam
Last edit by Esme12 on Oct 30, '12