A critical review of auscultating bowel sounds

Baid, Heather (2009) A critical review of auscultating bowel sounds British Journal of Nursing, 18 (18). pp. 1125-1129. ISSN 0966-0461

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Auscultation (listening for bowel sounds) is part of an abdominal physical assessment and is performed to determine whether normal bowel sounds are present. This article evaluates the technique involved in listening for bowel sounds and the significance of both normal and abnormal auscultation findings. Review of the relevant literature reveals conflicting information and a lack of available research on the topic of auscultating bowel sounds. The clinical significance of auscultation findings when there is no evidence base to support the practice of listening for bowel sounds is explored by further analysis of the literature and reflection by the author on the teaching she received and her own personal practice.

Item Type: Journal article
Subjects: B000 Health Professions > B700 Nursing and Midwifery
Faculties: Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: editor snam
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2012 12:32
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2012 13:41
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/10264

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