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How To: Examine a patient for vital signs

Any medical student could benefit from this video lesson, whether you're training to be a doctor or a nurse. The very first step to finding out what's wrong with your patient is examining him/her for their vital signs. You must check the patient's pulse, respirations, blood pressure, and know how to use every kind of sphygmomanometer. To see the entire examination procedure, perfect for nursing students, watch the video to see how to examine a patient for vital signs, and refer to the steps b...

News: Human Dissection Illustrated in Anatomical Pop-Up Books

Before there was Gray's Anatomy, physicians and medical students used anatomical flap books to explore the inner workings of the human body—a scientific illustrated guide that takes its name from the moveable paper flaps that can be "dissected" to reveal hidden anatomy underneath. Similar to pop-up books, these instructional tools mimic the act of human dissection, allowing doctors and students to study the intricacies of the body normally concealed by flesh.

How To: Use proper draping techniques during a gynecology exam

In Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), doctors deal specifically with the female reproductive organs, which means a lot of visual inspection of the vaginal area. Whether you're a doctor, surgeon, nurse, or nursing assistant, knowing how to properly drape a patient is detrimental to the patient feeling protected and secure with the hospital staff, along with having some privacy. This video will cover different types of draping techniques.

How To: Perform a breast self exam

1 in 9 women will get breast cancer at some point in their lives, and at least a third of women will not self-check their breasts. Early diagnosis is essential in treating breast cancer, and that’s where monthly self-checks come in. If you’re not sure where to start – don’t worry! Dr Dawn Harper’s guide will give you advice on exactly how to self-check your boobs. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to self examine breasts for any lumps or possible cancer.

How To: Tape an ankle to prevent an inversion ankle sprain

Use tough skin spray adhesive, under wrap or pre-wrap, athletic tape to wrap an ankle. Position ankle in 90 degrees of dorsal flexion. Spray the adhesive to insure tight taping. Heel and lace pads are placed over tendons. Pre-wrap is applied, the goal here is to apply anchors so adhesive from tough skin will adhere to tape. Three layers are applied working towards the calf. Apply heel lock tape from the calf towards the heel, applying tension as you cross the bend in the ankle. The correct lo...

How To: Use a body powered prosthetic hook for arm amputees

A below elbow arm amputee demonstrates how to don and operate his body powered prosthetic hook. This video is made to help individuals use adaptive equipment and prosthetics for getting around with one arm. This is an equipment overview for amputees or individuals that have single limbs and need a hook prosthesis to enable them. It's equipment for handicapped or disabled individuals as taught by a man with a below elbow amputation.

How To: Tape a sprained ankle

This is for an ankle that has been rolled to the outside of the body. Start by cutting a piece of rock tape that is about the length of the distance from the mid arch to right below the kneecap. To tape the ankle sit on a table put your heel on the edge of the table with your toes pointed down. With an ankle sprain this will be very painful so go really slow. Pull an inch of backing off the tape and anchor it about mid arch and then pull the backing off of the rest of the tape. Then with your...

How To: Perform a basket weave ankle taping

Dave Watkins from the Wakefield Sports Clinic demonstrates how to perform a specific type of ankle taping. This basket weave taping is very common for people who have previous ankle injuries. This taping technique provides great support for all athletes. The taping is done by taking two strips, one little and one larger. Pull the tape from the outside of the ankle all the way across to the inside of the foot going underneath the foot. Next take straight strips and tape them from the base of t...

How To: Do a daily check of the code blue cart in nursing

Going to be a nurse? Then one important part of your nursing responsibilities involves doing a daily check of the code blue cart or crash cart. The crash cart is checked every shift for emergency items and function. In this how-to video we review the nurse’s responsibility to test the defibrillator oxygen tank, most hospitals change tanks at 500 or 1000 psi. Follow along an see how simple it is to do a daily check of the code blue cart.

How To: Explore prosthetic options for the gym as an amputee

A below elbow arm amputee demonstrates the device he uses in the gym. He shows you how to use a prosthetic for working out at the gym when you've suffer a limb amputation. This video is very helpful in describing utilities available for enabling individuals with amputations to workout or get around and function in a gymnasium setting. This is a video that addresses adaptive equipment for handicapped or disabled people.

How To: Use pediatric resuscitation equipment in nursing

Studying to be a pediatric nurse? Then here is a nursing how-to video that teaches you how to properly use pediatric resuscitaion equipment in the hospital. Every nurse should know the basics, follow along and see how easy it is to use the Broselow Medical Guide and pediatric emergency tape. The Tape is intended to be a guide only in determining specific drug dosages. The clinical condition of the patient in combination with the providers clinical experience and training should always be used...

How To: Do a urinary catheterization procedure on a male

One of the hardest things a man can go through in life is a trip to the hospital, especially when he knows he's going to need a catheter. It's every man's worst fear. But for a nurse, it's necessary knowledge. Learning the male urinary catheterization procedure hands-on is difficult due to the urgency involved in patient care, so this video aims to prepare nurses so they can learn and stay fluent with the proper urinary catheterization technique of a male patient.

How To: Discontinue an IV line in nursing

Studying to be a nurse? Then a very common procedure in nursing involves removing a saline lock or an IV line. This procedure is also called DC IV, or discontinue an IV. Follow along in this nursing how-to video to learn the proper protocol for discontinuing an IV line. Before DCing the IV always double check the doctor's orders and have your materials handy.

How To: Collect sputum specimen via a mucus trap in nursing

Studying to be a nurse? Then here is a nursing how-to video that teaches you how to do a sputum specimen collection vie a mucus trap. Every nurse should know the basics of this technique, follow along and see how easy it is to collect a sputum specimen for a tracheal evaluation. These medical tips are sure to help you pass your nursing exam with flying colors. Our host describes sputum collection and lavage and the proper technique for obtaining sputum per trachea via an inline catheter.

How To: Perform a vulval disease or cancer check

Around 1000 cases of vulval cancer are diagnosed every year in the UK, mainly in women who have been through the menopause. However, there are also a range of other vulval conditions that affect all women – highlighting how important it is to self-check your vulva. Although it may seem daunting if you haven’t self-checked before, Dr Dawn Harper’s guide will show you exactly how to conduct the check – so grab that mirror! Watch this video tutorial and learn how to perform a vulval self-examina...

How To: Perform a Nesbitt Young bladder irrigation in nursing

Going to school to be a nurse? Then one of the many techniques you will learn is how to irrigate a bladder. In this nursing how-to video our host demonstrates how to do a Nesbitt Young irrigation. This type of bladder irrigation demonstration is not a CBI, continuous bladder irrigation, it is an intermittent irrigation. However it does use a continuous infusion of sterile solution into the bladder, most often, using a three-way irrigation closed system with a triple-lumen catheter. Infrequent...