Is the Stethoscope Going Away?

Learning to assess heart sounds using the stethoscope  is challenging and proficiency requires years of practice.   Is there an alternative?  Ultrasound devices that allow the user to view structures in the heart and lungs are being considered as an alternative.  The problem is that they currently cost thousands of dollars and also require training and practice.  Interestingly enough, one area where the stethoscope outperforms the newer technology is the assessment of wheezes.  The ultrasound can’t hear them and they aren’t visible! Please click here to learn more.

Victoria Teske RN, MS, GNP-BC
Assistant Professor
Minnesota State University Moorhead
School of Nursing and Health Care Leadership



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