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"a powerful learning tool..."

J.J, Ward, MEd, RRT in Respiratory Care

 

Doody's Book Reviews

R.A.L.E. Lung Sounds 3.12 Professional Edition
5 of 5 stars  Score: 100
 
ISBN: 978-0-9783017-2-9
ISBN-10: 0-9783017-2-2
Copyright: 2008
Edition: 1st
Author: Pasterkamp, Hans, MD, FRCPC
Specialties: Respiratory Therapy
Publisher: PixSoft, Inc.
List Price: $59.00
 

Expert Review

Reviewer: Steven Hamick, BIS, RRT, AE-C (William Beaumont Hospitals)
 
Description
This digital multimedia tool instructs students, educators, and healthcare professionals in the oft-confusing subject of respiratory sounds. This software is an update of v3.11 from 2006.
 
Purpose
This tool uses high definition audio of real life breath sounds to help learners understand the nuances. This is a complex subject, but because of the quality of the high definition audio recordings, the product meets its objectives.
 
Audience
The software is designed for students, educators, and healthcare professionals. Given the various types of breath sounds and how the sounds vary when auscultated over different regions of the lung, this software is an excellent tool.
 
Features
The software is a snap to install and intuitive to use. It presents life-like, high-definition audio with corresponding inspiratory and expiratory flow graphs, case reviews of children and adults, and quiz cases to reinforce auscultation skills. Also included are hyperlinks to sites for additional information.
 
Assessment
This is an outstanding educational tool. It is extremely easy to use and the high definition audio of the various breath sounds is life-like. It is hoped that as digital technology advances, the authors continue to integrate new technology into the software.
 

Review Questionnaire

Range Question Score
1-10 Are the products's objectives met? 10
1-10 Rate the worthiness of those objectives. 10
1-5 Is it directed at an appropriate audience? 5
1-5 Is there significant duplication? (1=significant, 5=insignificant) 5
1-5 Are there significant omissions? (1=significant, 5=insignificant) 5
1-5 Rate the authority of the producers. 5
1-5 Is there sufficient use of hypertext links, bookmarks? N/A
1-5 Does the product perform as expected? 5
1-5 Rate the ease of installation. 5
1-5 Appropriate use of graphics, sound, video? 5
1-5 Rate the quality of visuals, sound. 5
1-5 Rate the ease of navigation. 5
1-5 Is this format appropriate for the material? 5
1-5 If documentation is provided for this product, rate the quality of documentation N/A
1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 10
1-10 If this is an upgrade/2nd or later edition, is this new upgrade/edition needed? 10