Help with breath sounds

  1. How do I distinguish between distant and diminished breath sounds? Could a person's weight cause their breath sounds to be distant? Yesterday I got what sounded like diminished breath sounds on a healthy new mother. Could it be that I have a bad stethoscope? I don't have any problem with crackles or wheezes. Am I doing something wrong?
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  3. by   jamonit
    no. buy a litman stethoscope, first of all. secondly, know that diminished sounds can occur in someone who has been on bedrest without cardiopulmonary toileting. i usually hear diminished sounds in the lower lobes. chart what you hear, then have your instructor go through it with you or your preceptor. that's my opinion.

    good luck!