The personalized stethoscope is one of those tools that rose with its origins in common human decency. It all began when a French physician named Rene Laennec. The technique for checking heart sounds back in the day was to directly place the ear on the chest of the patient. One could assume that Mr. Laennec was perfectly fine with listening to male heart beats, but he was openly uncomfortable with trying to hear the sounds of a female’s heart, seeing as he would have to lay his head on her chest.
It may sound crude, but this discomfort was Rene Laennec’s motivation for developing what we know as the modern stethoscope. His concept was derived from the ear trumpet, a device which served as a hearing aid at the time. These trumpets were portable, ready to be stuck into the ear whenever a certain phrase was indiscernible, and had to be amplified. Laennec took this concept and developed an ear trumpet dedicated to hearing the sounds being made inside a human’s body, while keeping a decent distance away from the chest.
Developments have certainly changed the general perception of the stethoscope over the years, but one thing is for sure: It has never left the doctor’s neck. Indeed, though they be filmed on television or seen in real life, a doctor almost always has a stethoscope with him.
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An Essential Tool
The stethoscope is certainly one tool that no-one in the advanced levels of the medical industry could do without. Simply put, it opens up the possibility of observing a person’s heartbeats and breathing patterns. There are other ways of doing this, but the stethoscope simply cannot be beat for its simplicity and portability.
A stethoscope helps in giving a doctor immediate feedback which leads to a solid diagnosis to the patient’s issue. While blood tests and other means of gathering data are certainly more invasive, much data can be derived from a closer auditory observation of a patient’s circulation and breathing.
The Importance Of A Personal Stethoscope
Doctors are generally trained to work with whatever tools are available to him at any given time and place. However, if he had the chance to use his personal stethoscope, he would. This preference goes beyond petty reasons of sentimentality.
- In terms of cleanliness, a personal stethoscope touches your ears, and your ears only. Whether you get an infection depends on your dedication to keep the tool clean.
- In terms of function, a personal stethoscope defines certain conditions in any given situation to your advantage. Choosing a personal stethoscope gives you, say, the freedom to choose a comfortable distance you can have between you and your patient during observation.
- In terms of design, a more vibrant and colorful stethoscope is useful for distracting anxious patients so you can get more accurate results.
Making It Even More Personal
A good number of ways to make your stethoscope more personalized happens in the choosing process – as mentioned earlier, stethoscopes are designed in so many ways, that you can find those with the overall length which would be perfect for you. In the process of choosing, you would need to literally try it on before buying it, just to determine if your ears are comfortable. Some more discerning professionals intentionally put on the stethoscope earpieces repeatedly, to see if the ear can take numerous observations in a day without any strain.
A majority of medical professionals choose to personalize their stethoscopes. Yes, choosing a preferred length, color, and earpiece size certainly can make a stethoscope personal, but apparently there is an default need for an engraving to be made. An engraving on the right area on the stethoscope makes it properly distinct compared to others with the same length, color, and other attributes.
Appearances are critical in any industry where the provider has to make a good first impression. This is certainly true with nurses and doctors, and their stethoscopes. Wary patients have all sorts of ways to establish a perception of a doctor’s skill and professionalism, even before meeting the person. It can be said that a positive observation of the stethoscope in hand can boost their confidence.
Photographers and chefs have one thing in common – their skill, preferences and experience can be assessed through their finished work: photographs, and signature dishes. Doctors and other service providers do not have this same luxury – their credentials are proven in their approach, and in the tools they use.
With this said, a properly personalized tool, such as a personalized stethoscope can leave the right impressions. The right impressions are for a patient to relax, and for him to feel better before any sort of service is performed on him.
There are more and more services online which offer all sorts of engravings. Engravings on stethoscopes are usually done on the harder parts of the tube, or, more commonly, on the ‘head’ of the stethoscope. Word engravings vary on length and available fonts. There are also more advanced services that provide more graphical engravings, on wider spaces like the head; these are icons ranging from hearts to angels.
You can opt to put your name and your field of specialization among other things, and these services would proceed to make the necessary engravings, without leaving any effects on sound quality. As mentioned earlier, the appropriate design can distract anxious children and other patients – engraved icons work towards this purpose as well.
There are more and more advances being made which are revolutionizing the way we see the medical industry and its tools nowadays. However, the stethoscope still maintains its general design for being so effective. It may have evolved a good deal since the 1800’s, but the design we know it to have right now has been a definite mainstay for the longest time. The newest design you see isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
After purchasing an ideal stethoscope, the next logical question you should be asking yourself is how you would really make it your personal tool. Personalization makes the stethoscope really stand out for you.
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