Respiratory assessment: undertaking a physical examination of the chest in adults
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Respiratory assessment: undertaking a physical examination of the chest in adults

Sara Morgan Senior lecturer advanced practice, Faculty of Life Sciences and Education, University of South Wales, Pontypridd, Wales

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  • To enhance your knowledge of the hands-on components of a respiratory assessment

  • To support you in identifying the various ‘red flags’ associated with respiratory disease

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Nurses frequently encounter patients in respiratory distress or with respiratory complications, whether from acute disease or a long-term condition. A physical examination of the chest should be conducted as part of a comprehensive respiratory assessment of the patient, and should follow a systematic approach that includes inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation. Nurses undertaking these hands-on components of respiratory assessments need to have adequate knowledge of the procedures involved, as well as practical skills that need to be practised under supervision. This article outlines how to undertake a physical examination of the chest in adults.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11602

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Sara.morgan@southwales.ac.uk

Conflict of interest

None declared

Morgan S (2021) Respiratory assessment: undertaking a physical examination of the chest in adults. Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2021.e11602

Published online: 21 December 2021

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