Can't hear normal breath sounds

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    Hi fellow nurses,
    I feel embarassed to ask this question, but how can I know if I don't ask. Well, I have been a RN for three years, but I have never been able to hear normal breath sounds with a stethoscope. I always listen to each of my patients lung sound on daily assessments, but never hear any thing except for loud wheezing and rales from trach or asthma pts.
    Is there a special technique Please help.
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    Either you need a better stethoscope, or all your non wheezing pts are diminished... IN ALL LUNG FIELDS.
    Seriously try listening to your lungs with your stethoscope, if you don't hear anything get a new one!
    Good luck!
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    normal breath sounds are pretty subtle.

    don't mean to sound like a smarty, but have you tried really paying attention?

    i can remember having this problem when i was in school, and i just wasn't listening closely.

    agree that it could be your stethascope, or maybe you need your hearing checked?
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    If you get in the intercostal spaces (as opposed to on top of ribs), you may have more luck.
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    hello, hajiagambo,

    you might try these links, too. (found in this sticky helpful information for the unit in the ccu forum):

    http://sprojects.mmi.mcgill.ca/mvs/ the virtual sethoscope

    http://www.wilkes.med.ucla.edu/intro.html heart and breath sounds


    http://www.rale.ca/ breath sounds
    VikaRN_2008 and Eirene like this.
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    Quote from siri
    hello, hajiagambo,

    you might try these links, too. (found in this sticky helpful information for the unit in the ccu forum):

    http://sprojects.mmi.mcgill.ca/mvs/ the virtual sethoscope

    http://www.wilkes.med.ucla.edu/intro.html heart and breath sounds


    http://www.rale.ca/ breath sounds


    hi
    good sites for hajiagambo
    i tried using them too
    Last edit by RNLULULABAMBA on Mar 24, '07
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    amazing sites... i also tried using them... helps me alot distinguishing all those different sounds although one could never master them all at once...Thanks


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