Hot Medical Diagnosis & Procedures How-Tos

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: 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.

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: 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: 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: Tie a two handed surgical square knot

Are you in medical school an planning to be a surgeon? Then here is a how-to video with various different surgical knot tips. The UT Huston Student Surgical Association (SSA) has put together this surgical knot tying online tutorial. Watch as Dr. John R. Potts, MD. demonstrates the two handed square knot. Practice the two handed square knot surgical suture before going into your surgical rotation.

How To: Remove an arterial line in nursing

Going to be a nurse? Then one of the procedures you are sure to encounter in the hospital is the removal of an arterial line. Follow along in this nursing how-to video to learn how to remove the arterial line from a patient. Remove of you a line is also known as discontinuing the line. In shorter terms many nurses also say DC the line. Follow along and learn standard protocol for removing arterial lines.

How To: Give an intradermal injection in nursing

Studying to be a nurse? Then follow along with this nursing how-to video to learn how to administer an intradermal injection. This injection technique is very common in nursing. Watch and observe the nursing student as she shows you the proper protocol for an intradermal injection. Before starting always make sure to check the doctor's orders and have all your equipment handy.

How To: Select the site for an intramuscular injection

Injecting intramuscularly is a difficult thing to learn and it takes a lot of practice. This instructional medical how to video guides your through the step by step process of selecting a site for an intramuscular injection. Intramuscular injections should be given in areas where major blood vessels and nerves are avoided. Watch and read along. It is important to wash your hands before handling any injection material.

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: Use the BD Genie Safety Lancet blood sampler device

Check out this video tutorial to see how to use the BD Genie Safety Lancet blood sampler device. BD Genie Lancets are high quality, safety-engineered, single-use capillary blood sampling devices. They offer a permanently retractable blade or needle feature that minimizes the possibility of injury or reuse. BD offers a full range of blade depth and needle gauges for sufficient blood volume in multiple sample requirements. All Genie's can be used in conjunction with BD Microtainer Tubes.

How To: Perform a Thoracoscopic Thymectomy (VATS) on Myasthenia Gravis Patients

A thymectomy is most commonly used to remove a thymus gland that has been infected by tumors, but it's also a widely used surgical procedure to help out patients suffering from the rare neurologic disease, myasthenia gravis. This surgery video will demonstrate and outline the steps needed in the surgery room to successfully remove the thymus glands using a VATS thymectomy. VATS stands for video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, and is used here in this medical procedure to completely remove the...