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Why You Should Always Have A Stethoscope In Your Car

It is possible to learn to identify the problems in life and to do something about them. However, this is a relatively simple skill, requiring a little bit of effort, effort that you might not be willing to put into it because you’re busy, stressed, tired, or just waiting for the weekend to roll around.

The use of a stethoscope in car accidents and trauma situations is a real safety aid. The Stethoscope is more likely to be picked up by someone who is already aware about what needs to be done, not by a bystander. The stethoscope does a great job in alerting the driver that there might be something wrong; a broken neck? A lacerated spleen? And a broken skull? A possible concussion? A head injury? If all the sudden a car comes to a stop right before a scene, people may not be aware of the danger because they were focused on the car and the passenger. The stethoscope signals to them that something is wrong.

The Stethoscope Not only can the stethoscope be picked up, but some people use them to pick up a pulse , to signal doctors that they need immediate attention. Most of us know just using a handkerchief to call someone’s attention and help them help their loved ones can also be a lifesaving technique, but a handkerchief does not have a stethoscope attached. The same thing happens with a walkie talkie . This is because many people do not think about taking the extra step to use a stethoscope in a situation such as the above described. By attaching one to the walkie talkie, people who are in a stressful situation, or who are just plain curious, can quickly and reliably call for medical help. 

There is no excuse not to listen to someone who is having a heart attack. A stethoscope should be carried everywhere because it could save lives.

What is a Stethoscope? A stethoscope was once a tool used only by doctors, and then it was more of a curiosity. These days, stethoscopes are available in many different shapes, sizes, and prices, because they are used all over the world. Some stethoscopes are worn by people who have medical training; they give a good idea of what is wrong with the heart. Some, however, can listen to the heart to listen for a problem that might not be apparent on the physical exam. This is a much safer way; a doctor is actually looking for the problem, and not only is looking for a physical problem, in fact, this is the way doctors are trained. What the Stethoscope Does The stethoscope is a medical instrument used to listen for various types of abnormalities in the heart, blood supply, and nerves. This is done with the aid of the pulse. By listening for the heart’s irregular activity, it can detect abnormal patterns of heartbeats, or even signs of an impending cardiac arrest. The human eye can tell the difference between normal heartbeats and an abnormal heart beat. Auscultation, or “listening to” by an ear is a simple process where the sound waves of your voice bounce off your chest and are received, but not analyzed.

The Stethoscope In Action The stethoscope is a good tool to have, and I will tell you that I wish I had one in most situations that I would be in. I don’t necessarily love using one though, though I have done this for almost 10 years now, but I do have one because my job requires it to. The first time a person says that they have a heart problem, I take them to a doctor. After seeing a doctor, I will use the stethoscope to check in on their heartbeat (I don’t always, because sometimes there is more we can do), and if all is well, then we’ll talk about what needs to be done if it is a real problem.

There are situations where you want to get up close and personal to look at a patient’s heart. A small stethoscope can be held in your fingers, but a larger one would be better.