The Basics Of Stethoscope Use-lata-01

UnCategorized Outside of a medical professional’s knowledge, the stethoscope is likely the single most important tool they will use in their professional life. Properly using, and caring for a stethoscope is vital to evaluating and discerning a patient’s condition, so using this instrument correctly is of the utmost importance. There are many misconceptions about the proper usage of this essential tool. These are the proper steps to utilize when using a stethoscope. I. Make sure to thoroughly wash your hands. II. Holding upright, grasp the long twigs with both of your hands and bring them to your face. The motion is similar to bringing a book toward your face to read a passage closer. Allow the chest piece to face you as well. Make sure that the rubber tubing is free of kinks or twisting as this can interfere with the stethoscope functioning properly. III. Bring the ear pieces toward your ears, pulling the twigs far enough apart so that the ear pieces do not touch anything until they reach your ears. You may now carefully place the ear pieces into your ears. Proper fitting ear pieces are quite important. If they are too small, they will not provide the proper seal. If they are too large it will cause discomfort within the canal. If your ear pieces are fitting properly, most if not all sound should be blocked from making it to your ear. If the ear pieces do not fit well, they may be adjusted for comfort. Move them gently to find the best comfort and sound level. Be careful not to make contact with the rubber tubing. IV. Grasp the handle on the back of the chest piece (or diaphragm) ensuring nothing touches the surface of the chest piece except for the surface that is being examined. Make sure to regularly check your chest piece to ensure the seal is tight and in proper working condition. If your stethoscope is stored in a front pocket, it is possible that lint or other small particles can find their way into the ear pieces. If your seal is loose or there is an obstruction in your ear pieces it will affect your ability to hear properly and diagnose issues. When the ear pieces are fitting properly, the twigs will angle towards your back slightly. The ear tubes should point towards your face however while inside of the ear canal. These steps are key to correctly using stethoscopes. Cleaning Something else to consider with your stethoscope is keeping it in good working order. Remember to never immerse the stethoscope into any solvent. They twigs can be cleaned with 70 percent isopropyl alcohol and a clean cloth. Your stethoscope is best stored away from extreme temperatures. The ear pieces are removable as well and should be cleaned regularly. Keep in mind that the plastic tubing on your stethoscope becomes stiff after prolonged exposure to human skin. This can affect your hearing and keep your stethoscope from working properly as well. Make sure to always wear over your collar and not allow it to touch your neck. I. To clean your stethoscope, first remove the ear pieces. II. To remove the chest piece, first gently twist the seal in a rolling motion and place the seal to the side on a clean towel or cloth. III. Prepare a clean cloth or towel and dab 70 percent alcohol onto your cloth. Wipe the twigs thoroughly and allow the twigs to dry. IV. Q-tips can be used with the alcohol to clean the ear pieces. Allow time to dry. V. Check the rubber tubing for signs of wear or cracking. VI. After drying, first assemble the chest piece, then the ear pieces. Storage There is much debate as to the proper storage of the Stethoscope when it is not in use. Appearances aside, it is best if the stethoscope does come into contact with other surfaces. Storing the stethoscope behind the neck like a scarf subjects it to being knocked off more easily, and exposes it more easily to oils from the neck and hair. This is a somewhat common way of wearing the stethoscope, especially among younger medical professionals. If a holster is not being used, around the neck and over the collar is the most efficient way to store the stethoscope. Many EMTs store the stethoscope in cargo pants. This does expose them to whatever dirt or dust that can collect in pockets. Choosing a stethoscope When deciding which stethoscope to purchase, consider your height and arm length, as well as what medical service you provide. For example; many EMTs prefer tubing that is 20 inches in length. This length may not work for a nurse or Doctor however. The distance of tubing also will affect the amount of sound making it to your ears. The greater the distance, the greater the sound will decrease. If you are working in a more quiet area, you might be able to choose a stethoscope with a longer tube. If you work regularly in a hectic environment, a shorter tube is probably best for you. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: