Important Lung Sounds Made Easy: A Practical Guide (With Full Audio)

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Knowing how to correctly identify adventitious breath sounds can tell you, and the other members of the care team, a lot about a patient’s condition.

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From general practice to the intensive care unit, listening to lung sounds can tell you a great deal about a patient and their relative health. However, knowing the difference between rales, a crackle and a wheeze is sometimes still a confusing proposition for many health professionals, especially new graduates.


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Lynda Lampert
Lynda is a registered nurse with three years experience on a busy surgical floor in a city hospital. She graduated with an Associates degree in Nursing from Mercyhurst College Northeast in 2007 and lives in Erie, Pennsylvania in the United States. In her work, she took care of patients post operatively from open heart surgery, immediately post-operatively from gastric bypass, gastric banding surgery and post abdominal surgery. She also dealt with patient populations that experienced active chest pain, congestive heart failure, end stage renal disease, uncontrolled diabetes and a variety of other chronic, mental and surgical conditions.
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Nacole Strobel
18 Jun 2020
Easy to understand, informative.
Sonia daniels
05 Apr 2020
Easily understood Variable sounds and explanation of the types of respiratory sounds
Charein Price
26 Apr 2023
Good to hear the classic breath sounds again
Milan kc
25 Mar 2022
Short and simple but informative.
Tamara Erskine
20 Aug 2020
I found this very informative
Lisa Evans
12 Jul 2021
Easy to follow and understand
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Jenny Maclean
09 Apr 2020
I intend to listen to those sounds regularly so I can better assess my patients. It is an excellent learning tool
02 Oct 2020
Great resource
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Mary Palaypayon-Reyes
10 Jul 2021
Learning is best with hearing! Thanks for attaching sample lung sounds :)
Grace Muhazim
14 Sep 2022
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