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How to Use a Stethoscope

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A stethoscope is a sound detecting device that is widely used in medicine to listen to the sounds of the human or animal body. You might have seen doctors carrying a device on their shoulder, that’s stethoscope. A stethoscope is also known as a medical acoustic device.

It is usually used to listen to Beating heart or lung sounds. A stethoscope is also used for the determination of blood flow into arteries and veins. A stethoscope has tubing, two ear pieces and a chest pieces. It comes in different types for kids and adults.

It is quite easy to learn to use a stethoscope, even if you are not a medical person. Here are the tips to use a stethoscope:

  1. Choose the right type and a good quality stethoscope.
  2. Fit the earpieces properly in your ears. Your earpiece should not be too loose or too tight.
  3. Choice of chest piece should be very specific. Chest pieces come in different types for kids and adults. Choose your chest piece according to you requirements.
  4. Make sure you are sitting in a quiet place when using the stethoscope so that background sounds don’t distract you.
  5. You need to place the chest piece on the left upper part of the chest and apply slight pressure.
  6. Ask the patient to relax and listen to the sounds for a whole minute. Count the number of heartbeats in a minute. You will hear “lub-dub” sounds.

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