Articles Categorized in: Stethoscope Guides

Types of Stethoscopes: What are They?

Types of Stethoscopes: What are They?

  I know what you’re thinking… The stethoscope is an icon of the medical practice, and you’ve got one already. You don’t need to know about any other types of stethoscopes. Whether you’re a student and brand new to the medical field, or a seasoned practitioner, your practice is only as good as the equipment you use. A stethoscope isn’t just a piece of equipment. It’s the chance to perform one of the most basic tasks, auscultation, better and more...
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Where to Listen to Lung Sounds: The Complete Guide

Where to Listen to Lung Sounds: The Complete Guide

One of the questions frequently asked by most medical practitioners is where to listen to lung sounds. Many physicians find listening to lung sounds quite challenging especially in obese people where the sounds are not very clear. Most medical schools are taught different methods based on the experience of the tutor. One of the most vital and difficult skills every MD should learn and master is the analysis of lung sounds. This includes the skills of placing the stethoscope in...
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How to Use a Stethoscope: The Ultimate Guide

How to Use a Stethoscope: The Ultimate Guide

Okay, you’re new to the healthcare field and want to know how to use a stethoscope. No worries, we’ve all been there. Trying to fake it won’t cut it.  It’s okay. Here’s what we are going to do to help you. We’re going to go into some insane detail on how to use a stethoscope. By the end, you’ll have no problems using it! Let’s get to it! The Importance of Knowing How to Use Your Stethoscope Although it may...
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How Does a Stethoscope Work?

One of the most familiar icons of modern medical care is the stethoscope. This device makes it possible to clearly hear sounds inside the body, which can provide important information for diagnosis of disease conditions. As familiar as it is, many people still wonder how does a stethoscope work? The structures inside a stethoscope that makes it function are surprisingly simple, but their simplicity makes it possible for people with different levels of medical training utilize it to help patients....
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How to Clean a Stethoscope the Proper Way

Many medical professionals don’t realize how important it is to clean your stethoscope regularly and why they need to do so. Bacteria can build up around the diaphragm which you would not want to touch the patient’s skin. It’s necessary to know exactly how to clean a stethoscope. It is definitely a good habit to develop for the safety of both you and your patients. To get started cleaning your stethoscope, you should grab the following materials… Isopropyl rubbing alcohol...
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How to Wear a Stethoscope the Right Way

How to Wear a Stethoscope? Is there a Right Way? A stethoscope is an indispensable piece of equipment for any medical practitioner. It can be used to detect heart murmurs, auscultate lung sounds, measure blood pressure, and assess bowel sounds. If you are new to the medical field, you may be confused about how to use your stethoscope correctly. Even if you have been a healthcare professional for some time, it never hurts to have a refresher. The following will...
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What is a Stethoscope?

Not sure what is a stethoscope? No worries, not everyone knows what it is or what it’s used for. We’ll give you detailed information so that you’ll have a good understanding of what a stethoscope is. What Is a Stethoscope and How Does It Work?   The stethoscope was invented in France in 1816 by Rene Laennec so he could listen to women patients without having to place his head on their chest. The stethoscope has undergone many revisions in...
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Vital Signs: The Four Measurements

Vital signs are measurements of the body’s basic functions. There are four main vital signs that are routinely measured by health professionals. These include: body temperature respiratory rate pulse rate blood pressure Health professionals measure these four signs to check a person’s level of physical functioning. A vital signs chart is used to document the measurements and compare norms. Normal ranges of vital signs vary according to a person’s age, gender, weight, fitness level and health. How to Take Vital...
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Respiratory Assessment: You Must Know PIPPA

A respiratory assessment is an integral part of any head-to-toe physical exam. It is also a valuable tool for identifying acute or chronic lung conditions. A proper respiratory exam involves both skill and practice. The following outlines the steps you should use in performing a respiratory assessment as well as how to identify potential problems. What is a Respiratory Assessment? A healthcare professional will perform a respiratory assessment as part of a complete physical exam or when a patient presents...
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Here are 7 Parts of a Stethoscope: Even I was Surprised by Their Functions

Doctors, nurses, veterinarians and a host of other medical professionals use stethoscopes every day. They are part of every toy doctor’s kit ever sold; heck, even Barbie and Ken have stethoscopes! You may use your stethoscope so often that you feel as if it has become a part of you, but do you really know how it works? Have you ever really thought about the parts of a stethoscope? How they are made and how they all function together to...
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