Why are you listening to the heart? - page 2

At a previous job in an extremely busy ED I was often criticized for "over assessing" my patients. Not being focused enough. My manager even told me once I should never listen to heart sounds. He... Read More

  1. by   grizun
    In the ED I work at now is a nurse, with whom I also worked at in the ED where I was told to stop listening to heart sounds. This nurse doesn't even own a stethoscope. I am not exaggerating. I'm not sure how one assesses the effectiveness of breathing treatments, etc, without one, but I've worked other EDs where I never saw nurses with this vital piece of equipment.
  2. by   canche
    In my ED even some of the doctors (including our medical director) don't always listen to heart sounds. We just so focused assessments, what's the point of listening to the heart sounds of a shoulder dislocation or a lower extremity cellulitis, for example?
  3. by   russianbear
    Quote from canche
    In my ED even some of the doctors (including our medical director) don't always listen to heart sounds. We just so focused assessments, what's the point of listening to the heart sounds of a shoulder dislocation or a lower extremity cellulitis, for example?
    I agree. But I was told to never listen to heart sounds.

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