Do you know how to properly use your favorite stethoscope?
Let's review the basics...
A stethoscope is a tool used to listen to the internal sounds of your patient.
In the medical field, a stethoscope is typically used to listen to the
sounds of the heart or lungs.
Stethoscopes are a tool used by entry level through expert level medical staff. Just because they've been around since the early 1800s doesn't mean they are being used the right way.
Let's review a few basic steps...
- Always start and end your stethoscope use by cleaning the eartips and diaphragm with alcohol pads.
- Prior to inserting the eartips into your ears make sure they are pointing away from your ears.
- Use eartips that best fit your ear opening. Make sure there is a good seal keeping external noises out.
- Make sure the diaphragm of the stethoscope is open. Nothing more embarrassing then trying to asses a B/P and realizing your stethoscope diaphragm is closed :(
- Provide an airtight seal around the bell/diaphragm of the stethoscope using your fingers and not your thumb. The picture below shows the fingers on top of the bell/diaphragm... I would rather see the fingertips on either side of the bell/diaphragm.
- Take your time and listen.....
There are a wide variety of brands and prices too.
My favorite happens to be Littmann brand....
What about you?
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