- Have the patient in an upright position if possible, the patient may be positioned on the side, for those unable to sit up or lie on their side anterior assessment is acceptable.
- Instruct the patient to breath in and out slowly and deeply while listening to each side only need to listen to upper and lower
- Compare right to left
- Observe breathing pattern - watch torso for regularity, use of ancillary muscles, quality and depth
- Oxygen saturation when assigned
Document normal or abnormal - not wheezes, rales, ronchi, shallow or deep, regular or irregular, address upper and lower right and left lobes, and how patient tolerated. If there is any oxygen and if sat is ordered record the percentage.
Great learning tool for lung assessments