Monday, June 26, 2017

How to use your stethoscope

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...

  1. Always start and end your stethoscope use by cleaning the eartips and diaphragm with alcohol pads.
  2. Prior to inserting the eartips into your ears make sure they are pointing away from your ears.
  3. Use eartips that best fit your ear opening.  Make sure there is a good seal keeping external noises out.
  4. 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 :(  
  5. 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.
  6. 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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Friday, May 12, 2017

March, April & May 2017

May 2017

Every month I have the best intentions to write the best school nurse blog post.
It would be funny, informative, and offer a helpful hint for running your office.
However, I have trouble finding the time to make that a reality :(

So, here it is May and I am trying to play catch up with my blog posts.
You forgive me though, don't you?  

There is something very fun coming soon....

A guest blog post from Gerri Harvey!

Remember her- the author of School Nurse Perspective blog 
and the School Nurse Christmas Poem?

I loved reading her writings and can't wait to include some of her thoughts on my own blog.
If you have a specific question for Gerri please email me or leave it in the comments below!

Enjoy the fast approaching end to another great school year!
-Elisabeth, The School Nurse

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