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Stethoscope (Overview)

This device invented by laennec enables a physician to hear the focused sounds made within the body. The bell, diaphragm, and earpieces have changed much in history bt the principles are the same. It's still an amazing instrument. Now that the head mirror has become hard to find, the stethoscope is perhaps the most iconic symbol of a physican.


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What stethoscope to buy is the best?

In my opinion: There is no better than littman master cardiology stethoscope. Littman classic is also exellent. ...Read more

Stethoscope (Overview)

This device invented by laennec enables a physician to hear the focused sounds made within the body. The bell, diaphragm, and earpieces have changed much in history bt the principles are the same. It's still an amazing instrument. Now that the head mirror has become hard to find, the stethoscope is perhaps the most iconic symbol of a physican.


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What is the definition or description of: stethoscope?

What is the definition or description of: stethoscope?

My "stet": This device invented by laennec enables a physician to hear the focused sounds made within the body. The bell, diaphragm, and earpieces have changed much in history bt the principles are the same. It's still an amazing instrument. Now that the head mirror has become hard to find, the stethoscope is perhaps the most iconic symbol of a physican. ...Read more

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Whichh type of littmann stethoscope is best for the ems field?

Don't recommend it: I recommend a "sprague-rapport" (two-tube style) stethescope for field use--it is extremely inexpensive and incredibly durable. Any littmann will be comparatively crazy-expensive, more delicate, very likely to get stolen, and not provide dramatically different auscultative quality in the field. ...Read more

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What are the differences between a single and double sided stethoscope?

What are the differences between a single and double sided stethoscope?

Stethoscope: Diaphragm is the flat side and bell is the reverse side for hearing different type of sounds ...Read more

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What brand of stethoscope would be good for nursing student?

All good enough: As a student, almost any brand will do fine. Many different brands and models exist. Cost is a factor, especially for students. Most students do not need expensive models with "bells and whistles" either. Most schools have samples to examine. But consider ebay or amazon to save money! get a better model as you kearn what you need for your job. ...Read more

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How do I use a stethoscope? What things can I check or hear with it? For no important purpose, just have nothing better to do with my life.

You may: not be able to discriminate the normal from abnormal but trained health professionals can hear heart sounds,breath sounds, bowl sounds and neck bruits ...Read more

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How many doctors use electronic stethoscopes?

How many doctors use electronic stethoscopes?

Electronic Stethos: They are used in the same manner as regular stethoscopes. Electronic stethoscopes, besides being used as a traditional stethoscope, may include wifi technology and interacts with it own app. The doctor can download it easily on his Smartphone and Tablet.
It may amplify the cardiac/respiratory sound, may apply filters to select the cardiac or pulmonary noise, record and display sounds, etc. ...Read more

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I'm starting nursing school soon and need a stethoscope. what's a good brand?

I'm starting nursing school soon and need a stethoscope. what's a good brand?

Don't buy too cheap.: But don't overpurchase either. Pick one that is comfortable on your ears. Needs soft ear pieces and a flexible tube that does not cause your head to move when the tube moves. Most of the diaphragms are pretty standard and transmit sounds well. Consider getting a color that no one else has or at least marking your scope in some obvious way since they disappear when left unattended. ...Read more

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What diagnostic tests are being used to measure heartbeats more accurate than stethoscope?

What diagnostic tests are being used to measure heartbeats more accurate than stethoscope?

Counting. : The oldest is the best to measure heart rate. Fingers on pulse and count for 10 or 15 or 30 seconds and multiply to get the hr for one minute. In the hospital, we place patients on telemetry. An ekg will give you a measure at one point, but wouldn't be necessary just to know heart rate. ...Read more

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I'm hypertensive. I own stethoscope & aneroid sphygmometer. I manually measure my BP alone. Will the results be accurate if I'm the one taking my BP?

I'm hypertensive. I own stethoscope & aneroid sphygmometer. I manually measure my BP alone. Will the results be accurate if I'm the one taking my BP?

May be: Accurate if your are calm, not anxious and have adequate skills to take blood pressure. It may be better to have any trained person take your BP or reliable automatic blood pressure machine. ...Read more

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Can stethoscope be used to detect fetal pole?

Can stethoscope be used to detect fetal pole?

No: A regular stethoscope can pick up the fetal heart beat but that is about it. When i was a young medical student with better hearing i was able to pick up my first child's heartbeat during the early second trimester. He'll be 41 later this year! ...Read more

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Where on a woman's chest should you place a stethoscope to hear her heartbeat?

Where on a woman's chest should you place a stethoscope to hear her heartbeat?

Check below: A heart beat can be heard in different locations providing information according to the disorder. There are 4 basic points which correspond to the valve. A-Aortic P-Pulmonic T-Tricuspid and M-Mitral check the image.

If you just want to hear the heart beat, likely anywhere in the left side, or carotid will provide a good sound. ...Read more

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Will a pediatric stethoscope hear just as well as a full-sized one, on an older child, for home use?

Will a pediatric stethoscope hear just as well as a full-sized one, on an older child, for home use?

Yes: I use a pediatric stethescope on all my patients, infants and children. On older kids you may need to listen in more places to hear all you want but it works for all. ...Read more

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As a medical student where i put my stethoscope that i cleary hear respiratory sound? Front or back/ area?

As a medical student where i put my stethoscope that i cleary hear respiratory sound? Front or back/ area?

Breath sounds: Top of the lungs at front but the clavicle then inter scapular going down along the back and to the side of the ribs and the front lower ribcage for the determination of middle lobes or lingula. ...Read more

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While laying on left side before going to sleep I can always hear my heartbeat without a stethoscope. Normal??

While laying on left side before going to sleep I can always hear my heartbeat without a stethoscope. Normal??

The Telltale Heart: You may hear your heart's pulsations transmitted/conducted from the soft tissues and vessels in your neck, but you won't be hearing what a stethoscope picks-up.With your head on your side, you are occluding the ear on that side,barring any outside noise or air movement to that ear.If it is reasonably quiet, the other ear won't be stimulated and the other ear will get magnified from within.Spooky! ...Read more

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Is trivial to mild mitral regurgitation usually audible to a cardio with a stethoscope? Is this something that normally progresses?

Is trivial to mild mitral regurgitation usually audible to a cardio with a stethoscope? Is this something that normally progresses?

Mitral regurgitation: Audible sound depends on amount of turbulence caused by a lesion. Generally trivial MR causes little or no murmur, mild MR might cause some. The minimal MR lesions usually don't progress unless endocarditis occurs but progression is not impossible. ...Read more

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What can a stethoscope find out about ur heart & lungs help...

What can a stethoscope find out about ur heart & lungs help...

Much: The stethoscope can hear the heart's rate, rhythm, and any abnormalities like rubs, clicks, extra beatsetc for the lung, it can hear clear breath sounds, diminished breath sounds, crackles, wheezing, rales, etc. The stethoscope is not perfect but its a great tool way to start an examination. ...Read more

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Can mvp without regurgitation be diagnosed just by stethoscope? Does it have murmur?

Can mvp without regurgitation be diagnosed just by stethoscope? Does it have murmur?

MVP: The classic finding is the mid systolic click. Mvp is sometimes called click-murmur syndrome. ...Read more

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Is it possible for your heart to make noises that you can hear without a stethoscope?

Is it possible for your heart to make noises that you can hear without a stethoscope?

Yes it is possible: Some people can hear their own heartbeats, but most can't. You can put your ear next to someone's chest and hear the heart beat.
High adreneline level such as after a rapid and sustained run can cause your heart to beat fast and hard--pounding--and you maybe able to hear it without anything....So, it is possible...And common. ...Read more

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If a patient has tordeas de pointes or ventricular fib wouldn't they be able to hear it with a stethoscope?

No: Ventricular fibrillation requires a ekg or cardiac monitor to detect. It is a medical emergency and one has to treat it as a medical emergency. One would not take a guess on such a condition by listening. ...Read more

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Why does my doctor keep saying again when he wants me to take a breath I know to do it when he moves the stethoscope anyway?

Not everyone knows: When we listen to the lungs, we are listening for abnormal breath sounds and air movement. It is necessary to take deep breaths in and out for the sounds for proper evaluation. Not everyone knows this; some people will take a deep breath and hold it, others breathe normally, others breathe in and out deeply only once. For this reason, some of us give specific instructions as a routine. ...Read more

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I have herd from my prof. That a double tube stethoscope is not a very good one because it diffuses the sounds. Is that true? Witch do you use?

I have herd from my prof. That a double tube stethoscope is not a very good one because it diffuses the sounds. Is that true? Witch do you use?

Stethoscope: I old sprague-rappaport stethoscope is the one i had throughout medical school and early in my career and was just fine. I have never seen or heard a real difference. Any difference is likely not appreciable by normal human hearing. ...Read more