Listening to Bowel Sounds

Listening to Bowel Sounds

There are 3 comments on the Nursing Center story from Dec 6, 2007, titled Listening to Bowel Sounds. In it, Nursing Center reports that:

Listening to Bowel Sounds: An Evidence-Based Practice Project: Nurses find that a traditional practice isn't the best indicator of returning gastrointestinal motility in patients who've undergone abdominal ... via Nursing Center

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Ahmed

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#1 Jan 24, 2008
What is the mormal count of intestinal sounds??

“It is what it is.”

Since: Jan 08

Lexington, KY

#2 Jan 25, 2008
Auscultating each quadrant until you hear a sound. They will usually be seconds apart. If you hear no sound you must auscultate for five minutes before documenting "no bowel sounds".
Nomad

Irvine, CA

#3 Feb 3, 2008
Normal bowel sounds are heard 5 to 35 times per minute. Hyperactive bowel sounds will be heard almost continuously. Hypoactive bowel sounds are relatively unusual. With normoactive bowel sounds, it should take 2 minutes or less to auscultate them.

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