Thanks LeemerDO and HooahDOc for the tips regarding OMT techniques!
One thing I have been wondering about lately is proper examination technique for this test.
Patient modesty is heavily stressed, but I also understand that auscultating through clothing is discouraged. What is a good way to properly auscultate a woman's heart stethoscope-on-skin while preserving modesty? (Mainly I'd like to know how to do this while listening at the mitral region.)
Also, is it necessary to do everything (inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation) when examining a patient? For instance, if a patient complains of palpitations, do I need to inspect the chest (and state that I'm doing so), palpate the chest feeling for the PMI and any irregularities, percuss around the heart to determine its borders, and finally auscultate? Again, some of this seems like it might be challenging with a female patient. Or... would it be considered good enough if I simply listened to the heart at the A, P, T, M regions?