Hello fellow nurses. I'm a new nurse on a medical floor- listening to so many patient's lungs now, I still have a hard time distinguishing between rales and rhonchi. I get crackles though. My many research efforts only confuse the two and me- can anyone give me a good description for me? Documenting that the patient "sounds junky" isn't a solid enough description. Thanks!
try this site
This isn't the one I was thinking of but it is the first one I found. Click on the different sounds and there is an audio example.
Here is something I did as a new grad. When the respiratory therapists came around to do their assessment, I would listen and then they would listen, I would tell them what I heard and they would compare it to what they heard.
Last edit by nursbee04 on Dec 22, '04