lung sounds

  1. I have trouble distinguishing between crackles, rhonci, wheezes ect. I am a new Nurse and doing Home Health Care I've ran into alot of new things I never learned in college or did in my clinicals. KINDA SCARY!
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  3. by   UM Review RN
    if you need it, you can probably find it on the internet! it might be helpful to remember that crackles sound like rice krispies and is usually heard on inspiration, while rhonchi sounds more like snoring and is heard usually on expiration. if you can't figure it out, "adventitious breath sounds" pretty much covers it.

    too bad you couldn't have taken a few months of med-surg before you started hhc, shortie. that's really a learning experience! you hear everything and there are plenty of resources to learn to differentiate the sounds. remember, learning the sounds is only part of the picture. it's what you do with the information that makes the difference to the patient.

    here's a couple of good websites:

    http://www.pulmonaryrehab.com/lung_sounds.htm

    http://www.vh.org/adult/provider/int...ungsounds.html
    Last edit by UM Review RN on Jan 30, '05
  4. by   akcarmean
    Well put very good discriptions

    Angie
  5. by   ulianka
    Here you go!!!! Helped me A LOT. Virtual Stethoscope from McGill university. You'll need Real Audio.
    You can switch to cardiovascular as well in the left window.


    http://sprojects.mmi.mcgill.ca/mvs/mvsteth.htm
  6. by   EarthChild1130
    I know I'm not the one who asked for them but thanks to ALL of you for posting these!!!! Breath sounds are vague to read about and listening to these has been WONDERFUL!!! Thanks again!!!!!

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