A Conceptual Audio Model for Simulating Pulmonary Auscultation in a High-Fidelity Virtual Physical Examination

October 10, 2014 | Boston, MA

Speaker: Brett Talbot
Host: International Lung Sounds Association Conference

Physician lung auscultation skills in the USA are suboptimal, primarily due to lazy technique and weak recognition of clinical findings. Virtual patients often play sampled breath sounds, but a sound in isolation is limiting because an actual lung exam varies with stethoscope location and breathing phase according to the degree of inspiratory and expiratory range. A simulator should, in theory, assess and inform technique, recognition skills and diagnostic association. This pilot effort examines the practicality of a simulation that more faithfully replicates the patient lung exam experience.