Why are doctors still using the stethoscope?

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  1. David J. Bain

    It is essential that all clinical health care providers maintain excellent physical assessment skills that include auscultation (listening via stethoscope). All of the examples cited by Dr. Redelmeier are good examples of occasions on which a stethoscope would be indicated. Often in emergency and critical care scenarios immediate access to the unique sounds of S3 and S4 heart sounds and adventitious breath sounds, are essential to efficacious treatment modalities. If these highly developed listening skills are not maintained, when they are required the skill level of the practitioner will have dulled. The technology referred to is frequently not available, particularly to the physician working outside of academic health science centres or the nurse or paramedic responding to sudden on-set developments so intrinsically a part of emergency and critical care practice.

  2. Anita Isaac

    I agree that there is still a variety of uses for the stethoscope, but please ask doctors sanitize the disc shaped resonator after each use on a patient. Especially when used on a patient in isolation

  3. Hanssen Tulia

    Awesome stuff. Please keep writing more things like this. I really like the fact you went so in depth on this and really explored the topic as much as you did. I read a lot of blogs but usually, it’s pretty shallow content. Thanks for upping the game here!

  4. Csaba Lokody

    some doctors are wearing the stethoscope as a symbol to show that they are doctors. the same reason why people are driving cars for show up, very snobbish.

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