- by aubgurl Feb 19I'm in Fundamentals this semester and learning to take vital signs. I am having a horrible time hearing when I am taking BP. I'm in a quiet room with no distractions but I just can't seem to get it. Any suggestions?
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- Feb 19 by JUSTanLPNA good stethoscope makes all the difference.
- Feb 19 by BostonFNPMake sure the ears buds are angled forward.
- Feb 19 by aubgurlThanks guys! I tried a different stethoscope and that helped a lot. I'll keep practicing!
- Feb 20 by emtb2rnAlso palpate the brachial pulse prior to placing the scope on the arm. That way you'll know you're in the correct area. With practice you won't need to palpate but it helps when you're learning.
- Feb 20 by GrnTeaEarbud placement is key. The earbuds must be aimed forward to the tip of your nose, not pointed back towards the pinna (like they do on TV ). Anatomically, aiming them forward points them down the ear canal. You can rotate the headset pieces on your stethoscope until they fit your ears perfectly.
- Feb 20 by Compassion_xI used to have a problem hearing BPs even in the quiet, like you. But a new stethoscope made ALL the difference. I have a Littmann classic II now and I love it. Also note the earbud placement and having the diaphragm/bell the right position.
- Feb 20 by blackvans1234Medial aspect of the supinated AC.
If you can palpate it, you can auscltate it!
Make sure stethoscope bell is on (lightly tap while earbuds in)