Hot Medical Diagnosis & Procedures How-Tos

How To: Perform a phlebotomy with a butterfly needle

I want to draw your blood! Well, if you want to draw someone's blood (also known as phlebotomy) this video will show you how to do it. This is a very common thing, especially if you're working as a nurse, nurse's aid, a doctor or even a vet. You'll want to do it right to ensure safety and comfort to your patient. Watch the video and see what it takes to find the vein, insert the needle and get that blood out and into your tube.

How To: Perform a full abdomen exam on a patient

This video will teach doctor and medical students how to perform a full abdomen examination. John D. Gazewood, MD, MSPH, will show you the whole process, from the first steps of inspecting the abdomen, looking for abdominal contour and symmetry, to auscultation, percussion, and palpation of the abdomen. Some common findings during the inspection phase of the exam could be scars, striae, colors, jaundice, and prominent veins.

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: 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: Perform a full HEENT exam on a patient

After performing a Vital Signs examination on a patient, usually the next step for a doctor is performing the HEENT. HEENT stands for Head, Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat. This is basically the first big step in a general physical examination. Like other parts of the general physical examination, it begins with inspection, then proceeds to palpation. Andrew Lockman, from the Department of Family Medicine, also teaches doctors in this video about the required use of several special instruments in o...

How To: Perform a general abdominal exam on a patient

Any patient with pain in the abdominal area will require you to perform an abdominal examination, and this video lesson outlines in great detail, how to perform a general abdomen exam. This is great for any medical student or up-and-coming doctor — even nursing students could benefit from this exam procedure. You'll learn about inspection of the abs, auscultation, percussion, palpation, the liver, the aorta, and the spleen. After watching the full procedure, you should be able to identify the...

How To: Tape an ankle with a basketweave job

This wrap is intended to support and stabilize the ankle joint. Supplies needed include a 1 - ½'' – 2'' adhesive tape, pre-wrap, and heel and lace pads. Apply heel and lace pads at high friction areas, including the distal aspect of the Achilles tendon, and the dorsal aspect of the ankle joint. Apply under-wrap to secure them in place. It is critical that the foot remains at a ninety degree angle for this portion of the procedure. Apply an adhesive tape anchor strip at the lower leg, approxim...

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: 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: 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: Inspect the female breast for cancer

This medical how-to video from the Department of Health Services Cancer Detection Section will help become more confident in inspecting the female breasts. An regular breast check is vital for cancer detection. Help you patients stay healthy by learning the essential of a clinical breast examination. This entails a comprehensive review of a patients symptoms, history and risk factors. Follow along to learn the basics of inspecting the female breast for cancer.

How To: Perform a nasogastric tube insertion

This medical how-to video demonstrates the simple steps for inserting a nasogastric tube. A nasogastric tube is more commonly known as a NG. Follow along and learn the basic protocol for doing this procedure. To do a NG tube insertion you will need 14-16 French gauge nasogastric tubing, water soluble lubricating jelly, catheter tip syringe, suction drainage system, and hypoalergenic tape. For your patient, you should have ready a cup of water with a straw, emesis basin, and a towel.

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: Perform a nasogastric tube insertion in nursing

Going to be a nurse? Then here are a few things you should know how to do. Follow along with this nursing how-to video to learn how to insert a nasogastric tube in a live person. Watch the demonstration of NG insertion on a live patient. Once you pass around the septum ask the patient to bend their head forward to advance the NG tube into the stomach. Practice inserting a nasogastric tube on a manikin during lab to perfect this technique. And remember to always have your equipment ready befor...

How To: Access a port-a-cath in nursing

Studying to be a nurse? Then here is a nursing how-to video that teaches you how to access por-a-caths on a patient. Every nurse should know the basics of this technique, follow along and see how easy it is to identify and access port-a-caths on your patient so that they can receive their medication properly. These medical tips are sure to help you pass your nursing exam with flying colors.

How To: Apply sequential TEDS in nursing

Studying to be a nurse? Then here is a nursing how-to video that teaches you how to apply sequential TEDS. TEDS are used to prevent deep vein thrombosis. TEDS are sometimes also called stockings. Every nurse should know the basics of this technique, follow along and see how easy it is to apply sequential TEDS on patient who is on extended bed rest. These medical tips are sure to help you pass your nursing exam with flying colors.

How To: Perform a shoulder physical exam

This medical how-to video demonstrates the proper technique for evaluating a patient's shoulders. Follow along and learn how to do a shoulder physical examination. As with all examinations of the joints it is important to follow a standard routine including range of motion, inspection, and to compare the affected shoulder to the unaffected shoulder. Please note this instructional video is intended for medical professionals.