Hot Medical Diagnosis & Procedures How-Tos

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 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: 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 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: 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 postpartum and newborn assessment

Going to be a nurse? Then here is one thing you should know how to do. Follow along with this nursing how-to video to learn how to do a postpartum and newborn assessment. Watch, learn and practice during lab practice. Remember to explain procedures to patient and have all packages open before you begin. This OB postpartum and newborn assessment emphasizes on deep breathing exercises.

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: Care for a closed urinary drainage

A closed urinary drainage system consists of a catheter inserted into the urinary bladder and connected via tubing to a drainage bag. The catheter is retained in the bladder by an inflated balloon. The drainage of urine is totally dependent on gravity. Therefore, tubing and the drainage bag, to collect urine, must always be below the level of the bladde.

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: Perform a basic cardiovascular examination

Any medical student should be able to perform a basic cardiovascular exam. This medical how-to video tutorial outlines the guidelines to perform a basic cardiovascular exam. Always begin by by observing the patient from head to toe. Inspect the face for signs of cyanosis. Note visible scars or pulsations in the neck and edema in the feet. This video is intended for medical professionals only.

How To: Perform a general neurological exam on a patient

As a doctor, sometimes it will be necessary to perform a neurological examination of your patient to rule out any neurological disorders. Your objective is to identify abnormalities in the nervous system, to differentiate peripheral from central nervous system lesions, and to establish internal consistency. This is a great video less that outlines the complete neurological exam procedure. It's great for medical students or doctors, and even nursing students can learn a thing or two.

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: Perform a general chest exam on a patient

There's no better way to learn then by visual media, and that's what makes this video lesson on performing a chest exam so great. It's perfect for any future doctor, and great for nursing students to understand the proper procedure for examining a patient's chest. Medical students can easily learn how to perform a general chest exam, because ever step and technique is outlined and shown. A chest examination is very important to determining what's wrong with your patient, and you will be able ...

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.