Vital signs and beyond

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Vital signs and beyond

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Photo courtesy 3M™ Littmann® Stethoscopes.

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Stethoscope

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To listen to pulse
To listen to heart beat
To listen to systolic and diastolic pressure when taking blood pressure

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1. Ear pieces to hear pulse, heart beat, and/or blood pressure
2. Device to place on an artery to hear the sounds from the pulse and/or systolic and diastolic pressure

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Stethoscope in dentistry is used in conjunction with blood pressure cuff to hear systolic/diastolic pressure.
Stethoscope is used before dental procedures to take pulse and/or blood pressure.

 

imageStethoscope should be disinfected according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.

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Aneroid blood pressure cuff—sphygmomanometer

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To place pressure on the arteries to hear the systolic and diastolic pressure of the arteries
To place around the part of the arm above the bend in the elbow

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1. Blood pressure cuff for the arm
2. Meter—Aneroid dial system (without liquid); the readout for systolic/diastolic blood pressure
3. Rubber Bulb—Attached to cuff with rubber tubing
Blood pressure cuff available in regular size, small size, and larger size cuffs to fit various arm sizes
Cuff size should fit properly to obtain accurate blood pressure readings
Cuff is placed above the bend in the elbow

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Blood pressure cuff is used in conjunction with the stethoscope to hear the systolic/diastolic pressure at the brachial artery located at the inner side of the bend in the elbow.
Document blood pressure readings in patient’s chart.

 

image Blood pressure cuff must be disinfected according to the manufacturer’s recommendation

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Photo courtesy Zewa Inc., Fort Myers, FL.

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Feb 3, 2015 | Posted by in Dental Hygiene | Comments Off on Vital signs and beyond
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