When it comes to getting ready for a trip, it is vital that you have all of the relevant medical supplies packed in case there is an emergency. This could be something that happens with one of the members of your party, or a complete stranger that you come across during your travels. It is always better to be over prepared than under prepared, so don’t skimp out on the equipment you are going to be brining with you.
As an EMT, you will be familiar will most kinds of medical equipment, but if you are travelling around Utah, there are some special considerations that you need to consider when you are deciding which type of stethoscope to bring with you.
For some, it might be the first time you are purchasing an EMT stethoscope kit, so here is all the information you need to make it a seamless process. Here is some advice to keep in mind during the purchasing process.
What type of stethoscope is needed?
There are many different types of stethoscope to choose from, which can make the purchasing process a lot more confusing and stressful if you don’t know what you are looking for specifically. It is important that you don’t get a stethoscope that will not be able to be used for an important issue if it is designed to do something else.
Here are just a few of the different types of stethoscope that are on the market today; acoustic, electronic, paediatric, fetal, veterinarian, Doppler, paediatric, cardiology, hearing impaired, amplified.
For your trip around Utah, your best option will most likely be the acoustic version. This is the most common type of stethoscope that will be used and will allow the listener to clearly hear the noise transmission from the patient. It is made up of two parts in the chest piece; the bell and diaphragm. When there are sounds coming from the body, the diaphragm will start to vibrate which leads to the sound travelling into and up the tubes so the EMT can hear.
Which stethoscope variation is best?
When you have chosen what type of stethoscope you are going to purchase, your next decision is to figure out what variation of that stethoscope you wish to buy. Some of the common options include; dual head and dual tube, single head and tube, single tube and dual head, multifunctional.
They all vary in price, as well as in their application. The importance of having your own stethoscope cannot be underestimated. This means that you always have it when it is needed, you don’t have to be cleaning other people’s wax off it and you will learn the ins and outs of it very well.
For your trip, you won’t need a very high tech model. Instead, you choose either a single head and tube model or a dual head and single tube model. When you are using it in the case of an emergency, it will be noisy so you need a stethoscope that will drown out external noise.