The different types of best stethoscopes you may need to look

Stethoscopes are used for a range of diagnostic task and are an important tool for doctors and nurses. Though the doctors and nurses have different responsibilities and duties nurses have to cope with a wider range of responsibilities in the hospital. This is because they may need to attend to the patients in different wards and different kinds of patients, there are adults, kids, and elderly and nurses have to make sure they have the right stethoscope to check them easily.
Depending upon the kind of duties a nurse is assigned with and the patients who need to be checked and catered by them, stethoscopes can be chosen accordingly.

kinds of stethoscopes

There are different types of stethoscopes found on the market among which nurses may choose according to their preferred function, style and performance. It all depends on how it will be sued and for which level of patients they are required for.

We may divide the different categories of stethoscopes based on its shape and functions and uses.

Single head and double head stethoscopes

The single head stethoscope is the most basic type of stethoscope. This is a single head with simple design and allows to hear the heartbeat loudly and clearly without discriminating the high and low sounds.

Double head stethoscopes have a different design that offers a flat head and a cup-like a head attached to it. This allows better discrimination of the sound from low to high frequency.

There are triple head stethoscopes but there are highly expensive and are used under critical conditions.

Pediatric and infant stethoscopes

The pediatric stethoscope is comparatively smaller in size offering a small head that is designed and contoured to be used for pediatrics.

Furthermore, the infant stethoscopes are also small sizes stethoscopes having a small diaphragm that are contoured and particularly designed for the infants.

These are also lightweight to make sure they are easy for the nurses to check infants without disturbing them.

Specialty stethoscopes

Specialty stethoscopes are the special kinds of stethoscopes which are offered to make sure if the nurses have some special needs.

In case if there are hearing issues involved, the hearing impaired stethoscope are there to help. These stethoscopes offer an option to increase the volume of the sounds coming in by attaching it to a speaker or phone to listen to the sounds carefully.

There are electronic stethoscopes as well which have been designed to make sure that the special needs are also met and the accuracy is improved.

The electronic stethoscopes are best to work with the needs when there has to make sure that the reading is accurate. These stethoscopes have various functions. These can be used to identify the high and low-frequency sounds.
These stethoscopes are also designed to amplify the sounds or reduce the noises around to get an accurate reading for better diagnosis and medical help.

The best way to choose from any kind of stethoscopes is through proper comparison and features analysis of the stethoscopes which are available.

It is better not to get ones in a hurry without analyzing its feature because when you choose a stethoscope without knowing what it is meant for, it may not serve the way that is required.

It is important to understand what your needs are, how you will be using it and in which ways you will be using it. Either you have to cater to the patients who are old, infants and patients who have serious illnesses, you can keep the ones that will be the most suitable under the various conditions.

It is possible to choose one or two stethoscope that suits multiple needs or may be used in different conditions because it may not be easier to keep multiple stethoscopes at a time. So it is always better to look for a versatile stethoscope depending on your needs as a nurse and your personal limitations are there are any.

You can compare the above-mentioned kinds of the stethoscopes in order to decide on which of these can serve you the best without any hassles or issues.

Promoting Health in Haiti

Promoting Health in Haiti at the Physicians for Haiti Conference

Promoting Health in Haiti  attended “Leadership in Medical Education: Haiti 2013 and Beyond,” the third annual Physicians for Haiti Leadership Conference in Port au Prince on November 16, 2013. The conference included a rich variety of Haitian and international speakers, who presented on topics ranging from great leaders throughout world history to specific examples of innovative leaders within the Haitian health care context.

Pictured left: Carol Roye and Dean Hilda Alcindor, of FSIL (the school where the FNP program is conducted) with our poster at the Physicians for Haiti Conference.

Classes begin!

Graduate nursing studentsSeptember 26, 2013 marked a day of celebration celebration as the first classes began for the Promoting Health in Haiti’s Family Nurse Practitioner Program in Leogane, Haiti.

Carmelle Bellefleur PhD, RN, accompanied the first volunteer professor for the 30-month program. Nineteen Haitian nurses embarked on this educational journey to become family nurse practitioners – independently capable of diagnosing, treating, and caring for children and adults.

The PHH program is the first of its kind in Haiti. Modeled after the Hunter College School of Nursing’s Nurse Practitioner (FNP) programs, this program has been designed to educate bachelor’s level nurses who will earn a Master’s degree, equivalent to US FNP education. At present, no educational pathway exists for nurses to advance their education. Working with Haiti’s Faculté des Sciences Infirmières in Léogâne of the Episcopal University of Haiti, faculty from the US will travel to Haiti for in-person education, augmented by online instruction. Each nurse will also complete 500 hours of clinical education in a hospital or clinic setting.

Nurses who complete the program will be nurse practitioners and will provide primary care to Haitians from infants to the elderly. With so few primary care physicians practicing in Haiti, most Haitians now receive care provided by nurses who have received inadequate training to deliver the care necessary. A nurse practitioner is educated to diagnose illnesses, conduct exams, and prescribe medication. These nurses can also serve as their patients’ sole health care provider and run their own practices. The PHH program will emphasize maternal and infant education in an effort to reduce the high rates of infant and maternal mortality inHaiti. The program will also teach students how to instill the concept of self-care for the most vulnerable populations.

Graduates of the PHH program will also be able to provide instruction to the next generation of nurses – thus creating a perpetuating and sustainable program. “Nurses are already delivering the care in Haiti,” remarked Carol Roye, EdD, RN, president of Promoting Health in Haiti. “Now they will have the education to provide high quality primary care.”

Join PHH on November 8th at the Adopt-A-Nurse-For-Haiti cocktail party and art sale benefit event. For every $5,000 raised, one more Nurse Practitioner can be educated.

Crisis in Haiti

Nurses are the backbone of Haiti’s health care system. They are often the only health care providers available and are required to act as primary care providers. If Haitians have access to care at all, their care provider is almost certainly a nurse.

However, the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti was particularly devastating for the profession of nursing. The nursing school in Port-au-Prince was leveled, killing students and faculty. Nursing students now attend class in makeshift tents.

Currently, in Haiti, nurses only receive a diploma education, even though they are often called upon to provide primary care, prenatal care and other complex levels of care.

It is generally agreed, by Haitians and foreigners who take care of patients in Haiti, that more than anything else, Haiti desperately needs highly trained nurses.

Promoting Health In Haiti was founded to provide support for Haitian schools of nursing. The organization’s goal is to create collaborations between North American and Haitian schools of nursing, in order to develop Bachelor’s level and

Master’s level nursing education; so that nurses will have the training they need to provide the complex care they are called on to deliver, in hospitals and in outpatient settings.

PHH Article in The New York Times

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This article on Haiti in the New York Times on the eve of Christmas eve, describes the massive problems  facing the Haitian people and government, and the difficulties in spending money productively.  Promoting Health In Haiti has no such problems. All the funds we raise are used expressly for the education of nurses. The nurse practitioners we educate will provide desperately needed health care to people across the country.  While many organizations send  nurses and doctors to Haiti for a week or two, there is no continuity of care.  We educate Haitian nurses who live in Haitian communities, to provide ongoing care.   In this holiday season when we traditionally think about those who are less fortunate, please keep the Haitian people in mind. They are our neighbors and they desperately need our help!

Article in the New York Times : Rebuilding in Haiti Lags After Billions in Post-Quake Aid

Haiti Update

Haiti 2013 Update

Carmelle Bellefleur, the VP of PHH is in Haiti doing very important work. She is consulting on a project to develop a 4-year nursing curriculum for the nation. She was tapped for this role because of her expertise, and her input will be invaluable in the movement to improve nursing education (and thus health) in Haiti.

She will also continue developing the Master’s program for nurse practitioners. We are getting quite a bit of interest from Haitian nurses, who want the additional education. They know very well what it will mean for their patients to have nurse practitioners who can provide expert care and treatment!

This is the way to make change in a resource-poor country – from within. We are building a cadre of Haitian nurse practitioners, with advanced education, who will continue to provide care and educate new nurses well into the future.

– Carol Roye

Haiti Fundraiser 2012 Update

We are so grateful for the support we saw and felt especially in light of the challenges in everyone’s life as storm recovery continues.

Thank you for creating this extraordinary step in our journey. We are well on our way to our first year goal of $200,000!

Haiti’s Long Road

This editorial in The New York Times highlights recent failings in Haiti; but also stresses the importance of working in concert with Haitian colleagues, and developing sustainable programs. That is exactly what PHH is doing in Haiti, via our Master’s program for family nurse practitioners, nurses who provide primary care for people across the age span. We will eventually be able to walk away and leave a functioning program that will benefit the Haitian people going forward.

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