The nurse is informing a patient about postural drainage. To facilitate clearing of the lungs, the nurse should position the patient based on which assessment?

Auscultation

Explanation

•Auscultation will help the nurse determine which areas of the lung need draining and which position is most appropriate.

•Percussion may give the nurse clues to which areas need draining, but auscultation is more accurate.

•Inspection and a chest x-ray will not help the nurse is this situation.

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