We must have a clear picture of a person with a white coat and stethoscope on the neck. Aside from what’s seen, are there other essential tools for Doctors? The answer is yes. There certainly are some of them, and in this article, we are listing some of them here in the article.
As the Doctor’s profession is demanding and sensitive, it demands robust professional skills and tools. For this, the Doctors must always be equipped with the essential tools. So without wasting any time, let’s take a look at the Essential Tools for Doctors in Nepal.
List of Essential Tools for Doctors
A typical image that comes to mind when hearing the word ‘Doctor’ is a person with Stethoscope on their neck.
So, the Stethoscope is a must-have tool for any doctor as this device is used to check the heartbeat and breathing. The doctors before diagnosing patients thoroughly first check them with a Stethoscope to find out any particular pattern in the breathing and heart function.
Along with the Stethoscope, doctors often carry a Sphygmomanometer which is a medical device that measures the blood pressure of patients. You must have noticed the weird device which when pressed against your arms and pumped into exerts pressure on your arm, that same device as Sphygmomanometer.
3. Pulse Oximeter
The Pulse Oximeter is another essential medical tool doctors use to identify the level of oxygen concentration in patients’ blood. Usually, the patients with chronic breathing-related issues and now the Covid patients need regular monitoring of their oxygen level rendering the Oximeter must-have tool for Doctors.
4. Reflex Hammer
Ever been hit by a doctor while being diagnosed and wondered why?
The doctors use reflex hammers to check the deep tendon reflexes. As the reflexes are involuntary activities of your body, the hammer test is done as a neurological physical examination to stimulate and detect the abnormalities in the central the peripheral nervous system.
As such, the Reflex Hammer is one of the essential tools for doctors.
5. Specimen Bottles
The doctors as general practitioners must have a specimen bottle in their room. As the preliminary requirement of diagnosis demands collecting samples, Doctors must always have sample bottles in their office.
6. Alcohol Wipes/ Gloves/ Mask/ Lubricating Gelly/ PPE Kit
As the current pandemic has rendered most health professionals at risk, having the basic safety tools is not only a necessity but a must.
7. Tongue Depressors
A tongue depressor is used to examine any oral-related symptoms. The doctors use oral depressors along with a torch to examine your mouth and throat for any symptoms which can be related to your health issue.
The thermometer of any kind if it’s analog, digital, or infrared is one of the essentials Doctors must-have. The thermometer is used to diagnose if the patient has a fever.
Doctors often use Torch while diagnosing their patients. They use the torch to diagnose for any symptoms that manifests on the body. For instance, Doctors check for oral symptoms at first before they thoroughly diagnose patients .
Multistix strips provide tests for glucose, bilirubin, ketones, specific gravity, blood, pH, protein, urobilinogen, nitrite, and leukocytes in urine. The results will help medical professionals regarding the status of carbohydrate metabolism, kidney and liver function, acid-base balance, and urinary tract infection.
11. Peak Flow Meter
As the peak flow meter is a portable device, it is a must-have medical device for doctors. The peak flow meter measures the patient’s ability to push the air from the lungs. Thus, this device helps doctors diagnose the patient’s condition and especially among the patients having a chronic breathing-related illness.
To sum up
Finally, there go the list of 8 essential tools for Doctors. As with ever-improving technology, medical professionals use and work with various equipment and tools. However, in this list, we have mentioned the basic medical tools which are portable and usually carried by the Doctors.