Paediatrics is full of respiratory presentations and thus, respiratoryexaminations. This guide provides an overview of how to perform a paediatric respiratory examination in an OSCE setting.
It is important to be flexible when examining a child, adjusting your approach whilst taking into consideration the patient’s age, personality and how unwell they are.
Be opportunistic in your examination – i.e. taking advantage of periods of quiet to listen to the chest, open mouth yawns or cries to look at the throat. Remember, parents and carers can also be a great asset – helping to explain the next step in the examination and position the child as you need them. Work as a team!