How do you get the sticky stuff off stethoscope tubing?
So, what do you need? Find yourself a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution. Disassemble your stethoscope and thoroughly clean the tubing using the 70% isopropyl solution.
How do you clean stethoscope tubes?
If your stethoscope needs to be disinfected, wipe with a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution. Do not immerse your stethoscope in any liquid, or subject it to any sterilization process. Keep your stethoscope away from extreme heat, cold, solvents and oils.
Why does my stethoscope tubing get hard?
The majority of tubing used on Littmann stethoscopes is made of PVC (polyvinylchloride), which becomes hard when exposed for long periods of time to the lipids found in human skin.
How do you clean the rubber part of a stethoscope?
Cleaning stethoscope parts We recommend using 70% isopropyl alcohol or mild soapy water to clean stethoscope parts. Ensure that all parts and surfaces are dried thoroughly before reassembly.
Do not immerse stethoscope in any or liquid?
Do not immerse your stethoscope in any liquid, or subject it to any sterilization process. Keep your stethoscope away from extreme heat, cold, solvents and oils. Tunable diaphragms can be removed from the chestpiece and their surfaces wiped with alcohol or soapy water. Dry all parts thoroughly before reassembly.
Where is the best place to store the stethoscope?
Where to store your stethoscope: In the box that it came in. In a natural position inside a cool and dry cupboard, drawer or locker.
Can you replace the tubing on a stethoscope?
To replace the headset and tubing of your stethoscope, first remove the chestpiece by pulling it firmly from the end of the tubing. Depending on your stethoscope, or factors like how long you have used your stethoscope, it may feel difficult to remove the chestpiece from the stethoscope tubing.
Can you replace tubing on stethoscope?
No worries. We offer affordable Littmann stethoscope repairs that include replacing the tubing, eartubes, diaphragm, rim, nonchill sleeves and eartips. Click here to find out where to buy replacement parts.
Can you use Lysol wipes on a stethoscope?
Do not use hand sanitizer or wipes with multiple ingredients, as they may include other agents that could damage parts of the stethoscope. As clinicians, we are taught to keep patients safe and do no harm.
How often should a stethoscope be cleaned?
However, stethoscopes are often at risk of contamination, especially when used in direct contact with patients. To ensure the safety of you and your patients, always clean your stethoscope after each diagnosis. Follow the steps below to learn how to disinfect your 3M™ Littmann® Stethoscope correctly.
How long does the tubing of a stethoscope last?
every 2 years
Most manufacturers recommend replacing your stethoscope every 2 years, but as one user on allnurses.com forum so eloquently puts it, “It would be in a company’s interest to have us all buying new equipment every 2 years.”
Can you replace Littman tubing?
No worries. We offer affordable Littmann stethoscope repairs that include replacing the tubing, eartubes, diaphragm, rim, nonchill sleeves and eartips.
How long does stethoscope tubing last?
Which of the following should not be done in cleaning and storing the stethoscope?
Do not place/keep your stethoscope near solvents and oils. Do not place heavy objects on your stethoscope as it could excessively warp or bend. Do not store it tightly folded in pockets.
What is the proper way to store a stethoscope?
Store your stethoscope away from direct sunlight as continuous exposure will harden its tubing. Do not place/keep your stethoscope near solvents and oils. Do not place heavy objects on your stethoscope as it could excessively warp or bend. Do not store it tightly folded in pockets.