Stethoscopes contribution to diagnostic errors

nicholas scharff nscharff3 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 26 12:27:10 UTC 2015


I think we may be deluding ourselves about the current use of stethoscopes.
If the notes are a reflection of findings, the only heart sound heard
through the current stescope is rrr. I can't help questioning how much is
being taught to non-specialists.
On Mar 25, 2015 11:03 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.
>
> I have the idea that many errors in diagnosis are associated with
> stethoscope decisions.
>
> 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?
>
> Do we know what the error rates are in various groups of HCPs who use
> stethoscopes?
>
> Rob B
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Moderator: David Meyers, Board Member, Society to Improve Diagnosis in
> Medicine
>
> To unsubscribe from the IMPROVEDX list, click the following link:<br>
> <a href="
> http://list.improvediagnosis.org/scripts/wa-IMPDIAG.exe?SUBED1=IMPROVEDX&A=1"
> target="_blank">
> http://list.improvediagnosis.org/scripts/wa-IMPDIAG.exe?SUBED1=IMPROVEDX&A=1
> </a>
> </p>
>






Moderator: David Meyers, Board Member, Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine

To unsubscribe from the IMPROVEDX list, click the following link:<br>
<a href="http://list.improvediagnosis.org/scripts/wa-IMPDIAG.exe?SUBED1=IMPROVEDX&A=1" target="_blank">http://list.improvediagnosis.org/scripts/wa-IMPDIAG.exe?SUBED1=IMPROVEDX&A=1</a>
</p>

HTML Version:
URL: <../attachments/20150326/4129af62/attachment.html>


More information about the Test mailing list