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The Stethoscope, Respiratory Examination and Lung Ultrasound in the COVID-19 Era

Version 1 : Received: 23 April 2020 / Approved: 25 April 2020 / Online: 25 April 2020 (02:31:18 CEST)

How to cite: Aujayeb, A. The Stethoscope, Respiratory Examination and Lung Ultrasound in the COVID-19 Era. Preprints 2020, 2020040452 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0452.v1). Aujayeb, A. The Stethoscope, Respiratory Examination and Lung Ultrasound in the COVID-19 Era. Preprints 2020, 2020040452 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0452.v1).

Abstract

The current Covid-19 pandemic has hugely disrupted the delivery of routine and established medical care. Patients can develop a wide range of clinical signs and symptoms from a cough and fever to severe respiratory failure. There is an ongoing argument on a concise investigative pathway to ensure the safety of all healthcare workers. The stethoscope can help with any clinical respiratory assessment but the risk of cross infection is high. Computer tomography should not be routinely performed. There is a potential place for lung ultrasound but outcomes are not yet determined.

Subject Areas

respiratory failure; stethoscope; ultrasound; COVID-19

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