NCBI ROFL: The efficacy of stethoscope placement when not in use: traditional versus "cool".

By ncbi rofl | July 14, 2011 7:00 pm

Fig. 1: Traditional (left) and “cool” (right) placements of the stethoscope when not in use.

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Objective: To determine whether the “cool” or circumcervical placement of the stethoscope when not in use is as efficacious as the traditional placement in terms of transfer time to the functional position.

Methods: Measurement of time taken by 100 health care professionals in each group to transfer stethoscope to functional position.

Results and interpretation: The cool group was much slower than the traditional group, despite their younger years. This wasted time could translate into a substantial financial burden on Canada’s health care system.”

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  • tester00nie

    Rally nice post, greetings from moscow google-plex!

  • Tom Richards

    The normal, professional way is the only proper way to carry your stethoscope when not using it! Too much chance it will slide off when trying to be ‘cool’ 😉


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