Your patient has just been extubated. Which of the following breath sounds is the MOST concerning at this time?

 

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Correct

- Stridor

- Crackles in the right lower lobe

- Diminished in the bases

- Cheyne-Stokes

Rationale

Stridor is quite concerning after extubation, as it is indicative of an obstructive or narrowing airway. This requires immediate intervention. While it's important to note Cheyne-Stokes and crackles, it does not require immediate intervention. Diminished lung sounds in the bases is not concerning for this patient.

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