A stethoscope is a medical tool which is used for listening of the sounds made by heart, lungs and a stomach. Use of a stethoscope for listening of sounds is called an auscultation. Professional medics are trained in the address with a stethoscope. However, you can learn to use him too. Read a further article and you will learn how to use a stethoscope.
The first thing that you should do it to buy it. The high quality of a stethoscope is important. The higher quality of your stethoscope, then the easier to hear the body of your patient.
The unilateral stethoscope is better than bilateral. Channels in a bilateral stethoscope can rub each other. This noise can complicate listening of sounds of the heart. Thick, short and rather tough channel – the best option if you do not plan to carry a stethoscope around a neck. In this case, the long channel is more preferable. Remember, the length of the channel is not specifically related to the quality of the sound. It only matters for the usability.
Make sure that in the channel have no holes and percussion on a diaphragm (a flat part of a head of a stethoscope). As the device for percussion use earphones for listening of sounds. If you hear nothing – look for the holes.
The second thing that you shall do is checking ear tips of your stethoscope. It is important to be convinced that ear tips looked in the frontal direction from you and that they well approached. Otherwise, you can hear nothing through your stethoscope.
The third stage. Check a tension of ear tips of your stethoscope. In other words, be convinced that ear tips settle down close to your head, but it is not too close. If your ear tips too hard or too dangle, customize them.
Fourth. Choose a suitable head for your stethoscope. There are many various types of heads for stethoscopes. Choose the one that corresponds to your requirements. Heads of stethoscopes happen various sizes for adults and children.
Preparation for usage of the stethoscope.
Choose the quiet place for use of a stethoscope. Use your stethoscope in the quiet place. Find the quiet place to be convinced that body sounds which you intend to hear would not be muffled by background sounds.
Correctly arrange the patient. To hear the heart and the stomach, it is required to you that your patient was in a lying pose. To hear the lungs, it is required to you that your patient sat. In other words, ask your patient to lie down. Sounds of heart, lung, and intestines differ depending on the patient’s position: sedentary, standing, lying on any side and so on.