Should listen for bowel sounds?

A study of clinicians ranging from medical students to attending physicians found that many report never listening to bowel sounds. Then when the authors played recorded bowel sounds from actual patients, the clinicians could not distinguish normal controls, mechanical small bowel obstructions, or postoperative ileus.


Felder S, Margel D, Murrell Z, & Fleshner P (2014). Usefulness of bowel sound auscultation: a prospective evaluation. Journal of surgical education, 71 (5), 768-73 PMID: 24776861


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: