Cardiac auscultation is a skill that takes practice. Lots of practice. We’ve developed a handy educational poster to use as a reference when listening for subtle heart sounds with your 3M™ Littmann® Stethoscope.
You’ll find a diagram of the heart with key auscultation sites indicated. Visualization of the aortic, pulmonic, tricuspid and mitral areas clarify where to place your stethoscope during a clinical examination to listen to heart sounds. There’s also a detailed description of the heart cycle that will help you review the basics of cardiac auscultation.
Pulmonary auscultation requires careful attention to both lungs, and comparison of equivalent positions on each side of the chest to identify asymmetry of breath and lung sounds. Our poster shows you the correct places on the chest — the trachea, zones, and axillas — to place your 3M™ Littmann® Stethoscope when practicing this important skill.