Hot Medical Diagnosis & Procedures How-Tos

How To: Perform a testicular self exam

Testicular cancer is a young man’s disease, and yet this is the age group that has the greatest sense of invincibility from the illness. Dr Harper demonstrates the technique you can use to self-examine your balls, and as it’s best carried out in the shower, it’s a great excuse for taking a bit longer in the morning. Watch this video tutorial and learn how to check testicles for any lumps or possible cancer.

How To: Draw blood with three different phlebotomy techniques

Drawing blood is only responsibility for hospital nurses, but a very important one, so knowing the proper procedure is up to you to master. You can only become efficient at taking blood samples by practicing, but you should also know all of the phlebotomy methods for extracting blood cultures. This interactive video module will help familiarize you with the phlebotomy medical procedures (three different versions), but is not meant to be your sole method of instruction— always ask for supervis...

How To: Perform a HEENT exam (head, ears, eyes, nose & throat)

Most won't know what the acronym HEENT stand for, but if you're a medical student, doctor or nurse, you know that it stand for head, ears, eyes, nose and throat. To perform a HEENT examination properly, you must know all the steps and techniques to diagnose your patient. This video lesson will outline the examination procedure, from start to finish, and shows you general palpation techniques and examining the temporomandibular joint, superficial lymph nodes, thyroid gland, eyes, ears, nose, m...

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: 10 Stories of Crazy Self-Surgeries + How to Perform Them Yourself

Do you have what it takes to save your own life, or perhaps even your sanity? Maybe save a buck or two in the process? If you think you do, read on, but I warn you—if you're prone to vasovagal syncope, i.e. fainting at the sight of blood, maybe you better skip this one. But if you can stand a little pain and control your heart rate Hannibal Lector-style, then you might just be able to perform a few life-saving, cost-effective self-surgeries. It almost sounds like a Chuck Palahniuk novel, wher...

How To: Perform a brief neurological exam on a patient

A brief neurologic examination includes six sections: 1) mental status exam, 2) testing cranial nerves, 3) sensation exam, 4) testing strength, 5) deep tendon reflexes exam, and 6) coordination exam. Eve Bargmann, M.D., shows doctors how to perform this neurological examination on a patient. You will need to do a full neuralgic exam (not in video) if any abnormalities are found. But this is just a brief screening exam during a general physical exam.

How To: Treat your sinuses or sinusitis with Dr. Oz

Are your sinus problems getting in the way of your life? Dr. Oz of Real Age Videos provides an informative, animated video that unravels the mysteries of infected sinuses. He explains the physiology of the sinuses, and details the possible causes of sinusitis and its common symptoms, including colds and allergies. This video offers a few suggestions about current methods of medical treatments to alleviate this troublesome malady. It explains how the Balloon Sinuplasty procedure can provide ef...

How To: Do a partner self breast exam

In this video series, watch as health specialist Carolyn Waygood teaches how to give a partner self breast exam. Learn the different techniques for self checking your breast for tumors, how to give a male on female breast exam, a female on female breast exam, breast physiology, tools used to give breast exams, and ways to make breast exams fun for couples.

How To: Program medication calculation into an IV pump

Studying to be a nurse? Then here a technique you should know how to do. Follow along with this nursing how-to video to learn how to program medication calculations with the Plum IV pump. Watch the demonstration as the Plum pump calculates drip and dosage rate for the IV line. This is an important technique that every nurse should know, as this is an effective method of administering medication to a patient. Practice programming calculations during nursing lab. Program medication calculation ...

How To: Take someone's blood pressure

Everything you need to know about checking a person's blood pressure. Be sure to warn the patient about inflation and deflation. Make sure they remain sitting for 3 minutes. Great details for special need patients like diabetics. This very detailed video is well produced and great picture quality. Be warned, the video is 44 megs in size.

How To: Convert chest tube to bulb suction in nursing

Studying to be a nurse? Then here is a nursing how-to video that teaches you how to convert chest bulbs into bulb suction. Every nurse should know the basics of this technique, follow along and see how easy it is to convert chest tubes to bulb suction. These medical tips are sure to help you pass your nursing exam with flying colors. This demonstration is that of a patient who is second day post-op. Always make sure you avoid getting air bubbles into any of the tubes while converting.

How To: Tape an ankle to prevent an injury in basketball

This video demonstrates how to tape an ankle in order to prevent an injury in basketball. To do this, first it is necessary to start off with some ace pads. The foot should be in a neutral position at a 90 degree angle. The ankle must be pre-wrapped with tape high toward the shin. Anchors must be applied around the top up by the leg and then another anchor with tape around the foot. Then there must be stirrups applied from the medial to the lateral. 3 stirrups are applied. Then they are ancho...

How To: Six Things You're Definitely Doing Wrong in the Restroom—As Proven by Science

Let's take a minute and talk about something you're doing wrong — using the restroom. Many view the subject as improper or even taboo, but why? Thanks to your upbringing, you've assumed you know the basics... But you don't. Avoiding discussion on the subject has led many of us to unwittingly interact incorrectly during our private time with our old friend, Jon.

How To: Draw blood with the butterfly method

If you are having a difficult time drawing a patients blood, you might want to considering doing the butterfly procedure. Watch this instructional medical how-to video to learn the proper way of drawing in blood with this method. The butterfly procedure involves drawing blood from the back of the hand. Start by placing a band around the wrist, palpating the back of the hand and identifying the direction of the veins.

How To: Perform a full cardiac exam on a patient (heart exam)

In this video, doctors can learn how to perform a full cardiac examination on a patient. The very first thing a doctor should do is visually inspect the patient, because there's a lot that can be gained by simply examining by eye. You'll want to carefully examine the respiratory pattern of the patient, the nature of their precordium, the anterior part of their chest over the heart. Feeling the pulse is also necessary when starting out this heart exam. To learn more, watch the full video.

How To: Perform a cardiovascular exam on a patient

The key to being a good doctor is great patient care and thoroughness, and those are exactly the skills you will learn in this video lesson, as you learn to perform a cardiovascular examination on your patient. This is a great, step-by-step resource for the proper examination procedure. Every medical student should know these techniques, and nursing students could benefit from this knowledge, too. Every cardiovascular exam should include inspection of the pulse, blood pressure, carotid pulsat...

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...

How To: Use and Set Up a Baxter Infusion Pump in Nursing

One important part of nursing is knowing how to use and set up an IV infusion pump. Follow along with this Baxter setup demonstration to learn how to carry out this procedure with a real patient. Keep watching and learn how to do a piggyback IV set up also. Watch, learn and practice setting up Baxter IV infusion pumps during nursing lab. Note that the Baxter infusion pump doesn't have a cassette to prime.

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