Stethoscopes contribution to diagnostic errors

Xavier Prida dr.xavier.prida at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 26 10:19:14 UTC 2015


Agree, Rob. It is back to the fundamentals- being sure our basic tools are
used with most understanding of effectiveness and limitations.

On Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 10:09 PM, robert bell <
0000000296e45ec4-dmarc-request at list.improvediagnosis.org> wrote:

> Should physicians/HCPs be checked before being able/allowed to use a
> stethoscope?  Should they be cleared for hearing loss before being allowed
> to use a stethoscope?  This would seem to be so very important with so much
> high frequency hearing loss in young people.
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> I have the idea that many errors in diagnosis are associated with
> stethoscope decisions.
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> It would seem that there are tremendous differences between a First Year
> Medical student with or without hearing loss, a fourth year medical
> student, with or without hearing loss, a 2nd year resident, with or without
> hearing loss, a practicing physician with or with our hearing loss, and a
> cardiologist of 30 years experience, with or without hearing loss.
>
> Should we not address the basics before we move further ahead in trying to
> reduce diagnostic errors?
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> Do we know what the error rates are in various groups of HCPs who use
> stethoscopes?
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> Rob B
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Xavier E. Prida MD FACC FSCAI
Assistant Professor of Medicine
USF Morsani College of Medicine
Department of Cardiovascular Sciences






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