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Changes in Abdominal Assessment Techniques

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by TeleRNKay TeleRNKay (New) New

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Hello all,

I am fairly new to the clinical instruction arena (

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SRDAVIS has 10 years experience and specializes in Tele, Stepdown, Med/Surg, education.

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Im not sure why they are doing this. I check bowel sounds in the way the bowel works.

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BeachsideRN has 2 years experience as a ASN and specializes in NICU.

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Interesting. In fundamentals we were taught just to listen not I'm a specific order. But as the guy works makes much more sense! I'm gonna start doing it that way

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Abdominal assessments can vary significantly in technique. Evidence is mixed as to the usefulness of auscultating bowel sounds. There have been studies demonstrating that abdominal auscultation has very poor sensitivity and specificity and can be pretty irrelevant for diagnostic purposes. Additionally, some literature suggests that sounds easily transmit from quadrant to quadrant, so auscultation of just one site may be sufficient. My opinion is that it likely does not matter if someone auscultates symmetrically vs anatomically. Here is an interesting article that offers a lit review on the subject.

A critical review of auscultating bowel sounds - ResearchGate

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