Hearing BP's - page 2

I have good hearing with everything else but struggle to hear heartbeats when doing BP's. I barely hear anything. I have a Littman Classic. Should I invest in an ultra sensitive steth ? Its so... Read More

  1. by   FNPhopeful
    Quote from bethg5
    When we do clinical checkoff we have to use the schools ancient stethoscope. I was not able to hear anything until a few days ago. Everyone around me could hear fine with the schools stethoscopes, but not me. I would come home and hear it fine with my high dollar steth. Well I finally figured out my problem....It was placement of the stethoscope and making sure I had the steth pointing out in front of me a little. The only reason I was able to hear it with mine is that it is a high dollar steth so it was picking up the beat. Now when I practice in lab I make sure I use theirs and make sure my placement is correct. I was a little to centered before. I hear it just fine now in lab so I am not stressing as much about skills check off. Good luck to you and just keep practicing!

    Exactly, we had to use the dual head steth during checkoff - and I heard nothing! Funny because my instructor was like "I heard it loud and clear!"

    My Littman classic isnt a whole lot better though, I have to squeeze the earpieces tight into my ears...... Its just frustrating because its something your gonna have to do 10 times a day and you have to be able to do it!
  2. by   locolorenzo22
    With our doubles the instructor always seemed to be 6 beats up or down with em! I decided that as I'm palpating the radial pulse, when it obliterates, then I'm pumping 30mm above that point...I know roughly where it begins....then it's listening for silence at the end. I nearly failed mine, because the school uses ones that you have to make sure are turned the right way....I've never used ones like that....go figure...I got to do it again and passed....Whew....
  3. by   Deliasgone
    Just keep practicing. It took me forever to be able to get BPs. I had to just sit and keep taking a BP on my fellow students in our practice lab over and over again until I managed to figure out what I was listening for. Once I finally heard it finding a BP has been a snap.
  4. by   all4schwa
    my problem initially was the angle of the earpieces, i'd never though to move them.
  5. by   EricJRN
    Quote from hospitalstaph
    So I bought a Littmann 3000 and I have no problems now.
    I have an electronic Littmann as well. It was a great gift with neat features, but I never use it! I work NICU, so it doesn't work for our setting.

    Even when I'm on the ambulance as a medic, I'm scared to bring it for fear that it will get serious blood on it, get slammed in a door, get stolen, get cracked by a nutty patient, etc.

    For those of you who are considering upgrading to something like this, consider that you may be scared to take it out of the box!
  6. by   Megsd
    My initial problem was I'd get so excited I heard something that I would forget to look at the dial to see what the corresponding number was. :imbar Once the novelty of hearing the noise wore off, I was better able to calculate the BP.
  7. by   bethg5
    Quote from Megsd
    My initial problem was I'd get so excited I heard something that I would forget to look at the dial to see what the corresponding number was. :imbar Once the novelty of hearing the noise wore off, I was better able to calculate the BP.
    That is too funny because I was the same way!! I was so excited to be hearing something that I would completely miss where I heard it. I am still having trouble with that.
  8. by   kgkarma
    Quote from bethg5
    That is too funny because I was the same way!! I was so excited to be hearing something that I would completely miss where I heard it. I am still having trouble with that.
    I am so excited to hear that I'm not the only person going through this. I have to pass the exam next week and if I don't pass the state CNA I won't be able to stay in the LPN program.

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