The impossible war: How can armless medical personnel defeat pneumonia when lung auscultation is absent?
Breathing sound auscultation is important in diagnosing and caring for pneumonia patients. It provides ongoing and changing conditions within the airway of the patients in a timely and economical way. The traditional method of auscultation, however, requires clinicians to listen to the breathing with stethoscope at bedside, which poses a great risk of cross-infection when the disease is highly contagious. With full PPE, it is difficult to perform auscultation safely using traditional stethoscope.