Frequently Asked Stethoscopes Related Questions

Frequently Asked Stethoscopes Related Questions
Frequently Asked Stethoscopes Related Questions

During which year does a medical student need a stethoscope?

A medical student, particularly in the context of Nepal and neighboring countries like India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, typically starts using the stethoscope once they are in the 3rd year of medical school and the Clinical classes in respective Teaching hospitals start.

However, the use of stethoscopes is not restricted to a particular year because even during the pre-clinical classes in the first two years as well as in different Physiology Practical sessions, where practice sessions are kept for measuring the Blood Pressure and the heart sounds, these stethoscopes are used.

But, yes it is after the Medical student reaches the 3rd year and starts having clinical classes in the respective teaching hospital, stethoscope is a must for every medical student because they start to have clinical rotation in different Departments of the Clinical Subjects thus making it an essential tool to have a clearer picture of different Sounds be it heart sounds or lungs sounds, measurement of BP which are the core components of the clinical examination of the patient. 

For the initial years of Medical School as well as the professional career, the Littman Classic series are good for the examination and assessment of the patients. Later on, in the professional career, and if one chooses to practice in the Critical Cardiology and coronary care it is better to shift towards the Cardiology series of the Littman Stethoscopes.

Why do doctors these days always wear a stethoscope around their neck? It seems like it is just a status symbol.

Yes, maybe in a way or not we see most of the Doctors wearing stethoscopes around their necks, there may be different reasons for that. In fact, it gives a more sinister and classier look to the Medical practitioner when the stethoscope is kept over the neck instead of carried in the hands. While doing so it makes both the hands of the Clinicians free and can be used for the Clinical examination of the patient. Also, the pockets of the pants/ white coats may not be of the suitable size for the Stethoscope to negotiate into.

Why do doctors wear white coats?

There are many reasons and speculations from different people about the doctors wearing white coats.

1. First and foremost, it has been the tradition since the late 1800s (the date may vary in different sources) but according to different kinds of literature it was in the year 1889 AD when the modern white Coats were introduced to medicine in Canada by Dr. George Armstrong who was a surgeon on the Montreal Hospital and also served as the President of the Canadian Medical Association.

2. White coats are also worn as a symbol of medical sciences and also provide a distinct identity to the individual wearing it as a Clinician and a Doctor and it has been a tradition for a long time.

3. Doctors wear white coats also because of the fact that it indicates Cleanliness and sterility as doctors are subjected to exposure to different dirt and bodily fluids of the patient and the only way to pick up those is by wearing a white coat. History also points to the fact that the white coat worn by the doctor symbolizes cleanliness.

4. White lab coats made up of cotton can also be easily bleached which destroys the organisms that it may be harboring so in a way protecting the inner clothes of the Doctor.

5. The white coats are also emotionally attached to the belief of the patient and promote a sense of confidence and trust between the treating physician and the patient. Researchers at the University of Michigan in one of the surveys that included 4,000 patients at 10 U.S academic medical centers discovered that a physician’s clothing affects how patients view their doctor and overall satisfaction with their care. Physicians who wore a white coat over business attire were seen by patients as more knowledgeable, trustworthy, caring, and approachable. This viewpoint is in fact more common in older patients above the age of 65.

6. Last but not least a doctor may choose to wear a white coat for easy recognition by colleagues and patients and keeping with the trend that has lasted for more than a century.

Do vets wear stethoscopes?

Yes, Vets do wear stethoscopes, in fact, the type of stethoscopes used by the vets are similar to the stethoscopes that are used by the Physicians using on the Humans. They are an important component for the Vital examination as well as the Clinical assessment of different animals when they pay a visit to the Veterinary Clinics for Medical evaluations.

Are human and animal stethoscopes the same?

The basic principles behind the operating of the animal and human stethoscopes are the same. Similarly, the use and types of stethoscopes that are used by veterinarians are similar to those used for Humans. In contrast to the Human Stethoscopes, however, the veterinary stethoscopes may be longer in size because the pet animals may be frightened of strangers so may not always allow close contact while examination with stethoscopes.

Also adding to the above fact veterinary Doctors prefer to use different types of stethoscopes either pediatric size for small animals or adult size for the larger animals based on the degree of preciseness that is expected of the auscultation.

There are different types of veterinary Stethoscopes that have been marketed, the 3m Littman Master Classic II Veterinary Stethoscopes 1392, 3M Littman Cardiology Stethoscope III stethoscope 3131BE, Prestige Medical Veterinary Clinical I, Welch Allyn Professional Adult Stethoscope.

What is the dress code for veterinarians?

There is no particular dress code for the Veterinarians, the particular dress and color of the dress is subjected to variation among the different institutions and different working set up, A veterinarian may preferably wear scrubs with or without lab coats while examining animals in the Vet OPD, A proper scrub with a plastic barrier and long sleeves gloves are preferred with water-resistant boots while carrying out different invasive procedures like the manual removal of feces in animals like an elephant for the rectal administration of Medication, similarly, during difficult calving, it may be necessary that one may have to put his/her hands inside the vagina to maneuver the position of head and legs of calves for easy delivery, so the dress code may be the one providing protection from inadvertent exposure to the bodily fluids of the animals as mentioned above.

Do vets wear scrubs?

Yes, vets do wear scrubs. The scrubs that the Veterinary Doctors and Veterinary assistants wear are in fact similar to the medical scrubs worn by the Doctors and Nurses.

The type and color of the scrubs may however vary between different veterinary Institutions, clinics, and personal choices of the veterinarians depending on the Clients they expect.

Do veterinarians wear lab coats?

Yes, vets do wear lab coats and with the same purpose that is used by the Medical Nurses and Doctors.

What do vets do?

1. Veterinarians care for the health of the animals and in one way or the other helps to protect public health.

2. Veterinarians diagnose and are involved in the treatment of different diseases and ailments of animals. In particular, they provide care to the different types of pets, livestock, and animals in zoos, racetracks, and laboratories. They may in collaboration with the medical doctors and Scientists be involved in the Combined effort to prevent the transmission of disease to and fro among them.

3. In addition to the diagnosis and treatment of animal health problems, vaccination of the pets and other animals comes under an important job done by the veterinarians. They may also be involved in managing the wounds that these animals come through secondary to trauma or other disease and involve in its management.

4. According to the American Medical Veterinary Association, 77 percent of veterinarians who work in private medical practices treat pets. These practitioners usually care for dogs and cats but also treat birds, reptiles, rabbits, ferrets, and other animals that can be kept as pets. About 16 percent of veterinarians work in private mixed and food animal practices, where they see pigs, goats, cattle, sheep, and some wild animals in addition to farm animals. A small proportion of private-practice veterinarians, about 6 percent, work exclusively with horses.

5. Veterinarians who treat animals use medical equipment such as stethoscopes, surgical instruments, and diagnostic equipment, including radiographic and ultrasound equipment. Veterinarians working in research use a full range of sophisticated laboratory equipment.

6. There are also veterinary specialists who have completed additional training in a specific area of veterinary medicine. These may include Veterinary surgery, dentistry, anesthesia, emergency care, nutrition, ophthalmology, sports medicine, pathology, and preventative care and may be involved in euthanizing the old and debilitated animals.

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