One Digital Stethoscope Powerful Learning Tool
Things are simplified by the use of the revolutionary product Thinklabs One digital stethoscope. The digital stethoscope is a powerful learning tool in the art and science of auscultation. Presently being used in leading medical schools across America. Thinklab One digital stethoscope gives the educators the freedom to develop news ways to train this critical skill.
It is a huge challenge for all aspiring doctors to learn to auscultate. Auscultation is a fundamental skill in the practice of medicine as it is a fundamental part of the physical examination and an important part of the patient experience. During auscultation doctors experience specific patterns among the faint sounds that can be heard with a traditional stethoscope. The doctors learn to differentiate these patterns and it is like trying to identify an accent in a whisper.
Traditionally an attending physician listens first, points out a sound that he is hearing and asks students to listen to the patient one by one. This can prove to be a challenge to the students.
The One comes with a standard 3.5 mm jack and can connect to almost any audio device. It can be used live at the patient’s bedside, in the classroom or online.
The digital stethoscope gives an added advantage when it comes to diagnosing the patient, as both the student as well as the attending physician can auscultate simultaneously. The student can learn by hearing while the attending physician auscultates or by reversing the roles the student can sharpen his skills to place the stethoscope correctly and locate sounds.
The digital stethoscope can be connected to the iPhone, iPad, Surface or Other mobile device creates a transformative learning experience. Connecting to an iPhone, iPad, Surface or Other mobile device creates a transformative learning experience. It also comes with its own Thinklabs Stethoscope app for Mac or Windows which can capture sounds and visualize waveforms (e.g., phonocardiogram).
Record sounds using Thinklabs Stethoscope App or TwistedWave on iPad/iPhone TapeMachine on Android. These recorded sounds can be shared instantaneously via wifi sharing apps or email with live patients. You can also upload sounds to Soundcloud, Dropbox or Google Drive and share with students online from your online collection of sounds.
The digital stethoscope can be used as a video conferencing system, such as Zoom, to share sounds and screen shots with students. Irrespective of the students being at the bedside, or in a classroom the students will be able to visualize what they’re listening to will give them a learning advantage.
Educators can use One with a loudspeaker, such as Beats or Jambox, which offers an excellent bass response, for live listening with small-to-large groups at the bedside. One enables you to talk about heart and lung sounds while you and your students listen.
Students can listen via headphones on their own devices, accessing the web via classroom wifi.This enables the student to play and replay sounds and access the material later, outside the classroom.
The digital Stethoscope can be used as a great online teaching tool. It can record sounds and create an MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) so you can teach heart or lung sounds, blood pressure measurement, or any other subject, or exclusively for your own students.
An article published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, coauthors Elazer Edelman and Brittany Weber, of Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston suggests the electronic stethoscope a “transcendent” teaching tool. It is used with a speaker at the patient’s bedside. The audio feeds are stored and displayed on an electronic tablet for review later.
It also helps in group teaching as you can also use loudspeakers to project the sounds from the digital stethoscope, which can be heard by everyone in the classroom. Enable everyone to understand what the patient is experiencing.
Professor and associate dean at Augusta University in Georgia (formerly Georgia Regents University) said-“I will use it on teaching rounds, so my students can all listen to the same heart sounds at the same time with me,” he explains. “I’ve had the experience where I hear something, and then the student listens and I’m not sure they’re able to identify the sounds. So listening at the same time is very helpful.”
The Thinklabs One digital stethoscope beings transformation as it not only improves the teaching of auscultation but also is makes the teaching of patient care better, and thus improve the experience of clinical medicine.