which of the responses is (are) correct. Auscultation of bowel sounds?


1    is usually carried out postoperatively

2    always requires a stethoscope

3    when positive, indicates absence of peristalsis


A     if 1, 2 and 3 are correct

B     if 1 and 2 only are correct

C     if 2 and 3 only are correct

D     if 1 only is correct

E     if 3 only is correct


  1. D is the answer and there is no winner to this question.
    Details Below:
    Auscultation of bowel sounds is undertaken to identify bowel obstruction or
    ileus. Ileus is a condition where there is an obstruction of the intestines resulting
    from immobility or mechanical obstruction. Ileus may be due to opioid drugs
    and could occur postoperatively because of the administration of opioid drugs
    and anaesthesia. After a surgical intervention, bowel sounds are monitored
    using a stethoscope to eliminate ileus. Normal bowel sounds indicate peristal-
    sis and may be audible without the use of a stethoscope.


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