Patient with Halo with vest support

  1. Hello, I am a student nurse and I will be taking care of a patient with a halo attached to a body vest. I would like to know if I can still do an assessment of the heart and lungs with this appliance on? Can I slide my stethoscope underneath the appliance? How can I check for skin integrity underneath it?

    Thank you.

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  3. by   suzanne4
    It is very easy to stick your stethscope under the Halo. And yes, the vest can be undone, but only with a staff member who is trained in doing so. It is not done on a daily basis though.

    As a student, I would not worry about checking under the Halo, unless you just happen to be there on the day that the staff is doing their check. Usually once a week is the protocol at most facilities, also to change the tee-shirt underneath.