Nursing Percussion-1515301

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Running Head: Nursing 1 Nursing: Percussion of the Lungs Institutional Affiliation Name
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NURSING 2 Percussion physical technique can be used in determining if the lung of a patient is filled with air or fluid. Therefore, it is a method used in clinical examinations to evaluate the state of the lungs by tapping on the surface of the underlying structure. The technique makes use of the idea that when a surface covering an air-filled organ or surface such as the normal lungs is stricken, a reverberating note is produced (Keene, Tilley, and Smith, 2015). On the other hand, repeating the same procedure over another surface or organ filled with air or fluid, it generates a dull sound very different from the air-filled surface. Therefore, percussion can be achieved by tapping the back of the patient with hands, fingers or other small instruments, in the case of a finger it can be achieved indirectly with the middle finger or directly with one or two fingers. Usually, a dull or hollow sound is produced for abnormal lungs since they are filled with or fluid. Hence, if the fluid has displaced the normal
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