Hot Medical Diagnosis & Procedures How-Tos

How To: Set up an intravenous line

This video tutorial shows how to set up an intravenous line, or intravenous drip. Most are familiar with IVs, as a way of providing people undergoing medical treatment that are otherwise unable to ingest food with vital nutrients. Watch this educational medical science video and learn how to set up and insert an intravenous line.

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 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 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: Perform a musculoskeletal exam on a patient

Whether your training to be a doctor or a nurse, there is no doubt that this video lesson will help you better understand the procedure for musculoskeletal examinations. Musculoskeletal exams rely exclusively on inspection and palpation and tests using a combination of those techniques. The main purpose of this exam is to identify in your patient any signs of musculoskeletal disease, by way of pain, redness, swelling, warmth, deformity, and loss of function. Watch this video to see the entire...

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: 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: 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: 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: Obtain blood cultures from cubital and cephalic veins

One of the key tasks of a nurse is being able to take blood samples, and the only way to get good at the procedure is by practice. Knowing the steps to drawing blood (to go to the lab) is key to both yours and your patient's safety. This interactive video module will help familiarize you with the phlebotomy medical procedure, but is not meant to be your sole method of instruction— always ask for supervision in performing a procedure if you've never done one before, or have little experience.

How To: Check yourself for testicular cancer

21st Century Boy demonstrates how to check yourself for testicular cancer. After a warm bath or shower, lift up your leg and rest it on the edge of the bathtub. Lift up your right testicle with your left hand and take the thumb, forefinger and index finger of your right hand and check the testicle. Switch hands and repeat the process for the other testicle. There should be a soft lump at the front and the back of the testicle. There should also be a smooth, firm tube running up the side. If y...

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 an Othro PAT reinfuser in nursing

As a nurse one of the instruments you should know how to use is the autotransfusion cell Saver by Ortho PAT. Follow along in this nursing how-to video to learn the proper procedure for the Ortho PAT. It can be used for the knees and hips to give the patient blood after surgery. It is a closed autologous system to salvage, wash, filter blood and allow for re-infusion.

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...

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: 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: Insert a PA line with a Swan Ganz catheter in nursing

Studying to be a surgical nurse? Then here is a nursing how-to video that teaches you how to insert a PA line with a Swan Ganz catheter. Every nurse should know the basics of this technique, follow along and see how easy it is to do a PA line insertion through a sheath guide wire. PA pressures are presented on monitor as line is introduced and passed through the right side of heart to PA and arterioles. The PA line sits in the Pulmonary Artery. These medical tips are sure to help you pass you...

How To: Treat a toe nail wound in nursing

Studying to be a podiatry nurse? Then here is a nursing how-to video that teaches you how to treat a wound that came as a result of toe nails being cut too short. Every nurse should know the basics of this technique, follow along and see how easy it is to care for a toe nail wound on a diabetic patient. These medical tips are sure to help you pass your nursing exam with flying colors.

How To: Measure blood pressure with a manual cuff in nursing

Studying to be a nurse? Then here is a nursing how-to video that teaches you how to measure blood pressure with a manual cuff. Every nurse should know the basics of this technique, follow along and see how easy it is to take a patient's blood pressure with a manual cuff. It is important to know how to take a manual cuff reading in case that the automated blood pressure machine isn't working. 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.