Can't hear a blood presssure?? - page 2

I sure hope that someone can help me. We are getting tested this coming week on vital signs. Try as I might I cannot hear a blood pressure. I have no problems hearing through the stethoscope I... Read More

  1. by   Nurse Izzy
    Hey! What I found works for me is to use the bell side (the little side) when I have one that's hard to hear. It took me forever to be able to hear a BP and one day I flipped over to the bell and walah - I could hear! Now I'm used to what I'm listening for and use the diaphragm but every now and then flip back to the bell to make sure or to verify on a faint one.

    Best of luck!
    Elizabeth
  2. by   Jennerizer
    Those all sound like great tips. I also have the vital signs evaluation coming up in a week & a half. We've only had one day of lab practice & all of us seemed to be clueless. We do have the temperature taking downpat though....lol.

    I'm going to go buy a cuff so I can practice on people I know & feel comfortable with so that I can get used to what I need to listen for. Your tips helped tremendously. Turning the stethoscope ear pieces forward makes a big difference.

    Good luck Rebecca!!!
  3. by   essarge
    After finally figuring out that I needed to make sure that the ear pieces were "pointed" toward my nose, I had problems with outside noise. I practiced on people that were in an area that there was a lot of noise (TVs, roomates talking, etc) and finally got the hang of it. It really helped when I was working a trauma and EVERYONE was talking!
  4. by   Venti Cappucino
    I'm thinking about buying a cuff, to practice on friends/family, because I still feel self-conscious taking vitals. Anyone have any shopping recommendations?
  5. by   renerian
    Everyone has earpieces that work better for them. Try to change them to the other pair that came with them. I had a student cut the length one time and that helped.

    renerian
  6. by   Mkue
    I love my Littman Cardio III steth !

    Good Luck Rebeca !
  7. by   SpecFuz
    Rebeca,
    I just bought a Littmann Classic II and DID THE EXACT SAME THING AS YOU!!! I spent some time thinking there was something wrong.

    <<Thank you soooo much for all of your replies. I bought an expensive steth. (Littmann Cardiology III) to make sure I had a good one. I figured out that I had to rotate the diapragm/bell after I spent an entire afternoon thinking there was something wrong with the stethoscope. >>
  8. by   cpgrn
    Are you doing better? If you get a cuff don't spend a lot of money on it. Mine works fine and it was from Walgreen's.
  9. by   RNIAM
    Just keep on practicing. It's the best way to learn. Find someone willing and keep on till you get. one day you will. there are still times when for whatever reason I can't get a BP. When i have tried three times and still no luck I ask for help.
  10. by   ayla2004
    i had a crisis in confidence i knew how to take a manual bp but hadn't done so in a year.
    when i went to do so i ouldn't hear a thing.
    i had to adjust the steth by turing the medal rod against the chest piece(bell/diaphagram)
    and turn the cuff back to front to prevent interference from the tubes rubbing
    i practiced on me, hard to put a cuff on but doable.

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