Instruments Used in Nursing

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Nursing is a well-known and respected profession. Nurses are an integral part of any health care community and perform a wide variety of jobs and tasks. They assist doctors, perform routine exams, and help out in the emergency room. In order to do their jobs efficiently, nurses employ a variety of instruments used to treat patients.

Blood Pressure Monitor

  • One of the first diagnostic tests a nurse will perform is to take a patient's blood pressure reading. High blood pressure can indicate a variety of problems. Conversely, a normal blood pressure reading can help point a diagnosis away from certain conditions. A nurse attaches a cuff to the patient's arm, and then tightens it with a hand pump. The instrument then indicates the patient's blood pressure.

Stethoscope

  • Nurses use a stethoscope to listen to the internal organs and processes of the human body. Typically, a stethoscope has a chest piece that is sensitive to send, and then transfers the sound through hollow rubber tubes to the nurse's ears. A nurse can hear abnormal heart rhythms, lung wheezing, or arterial leaking.

Hemostat

  • For nurses who ply their trade in surgery rooms or the emergency room, an essential instrument is the hemostat. The hemostat, also called a hemostatic clamp, is used to stop bleeding, usually from an artery. This keeps blood away from the area the surgeon is attending. During complex surgeries, a nurse may have to utilize multiple hemostats.

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