How To Clean Stethoscope Littmann LightWeight II S.E.

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In this video I'm going to be showing you how to clean the Littmann lightweight II S.E. thoroughly from top to bottom.

Hey, what's up guys? Nurse Jenny here.

In this video I'm going to be showing you how to thoroughly clean the Littmann lightweight II S.E.

So we're going to go from the ear tips to the diaphragm and we're even going to take it apart and clean in all the nitty-gritty areas.

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I'll quickly show you how I would clean this stethoscope between each patient use, which won't be a thorough clean but will be a clean that you do many times a day.

I would use one of these alcohol prep packs which has got 70% isopropyl alcohol in it.

I always keep it in my pocket.

Most nurses do, I think.

I would clean the ear tips, just rub it around.

Clean the diaphragm because that's been on the patient.

Clean it around.

And them I'll just give the tubing maybe a little rubdown like this, like that.

Let it dry completely and then ready to go.

Ready to use for on the next patient.

So let's start with the cleaning of the ear tips.

On the Littmann lightweight II S.E. you can pull the ear tips off, straight off.

And then what I would do is, I would use a cotton tip or a Q-tip, the things you clean your ears with and dip it in some alcohol and rub it inside, all inside there.

Get all the grout out if there's any in there.

Both sides.

Make sure it is thoroughly dry before you reassemble again.

Then I would go to the diaphragm.

Take the diaphragm off.

Again I would use an ear cleaner the Q-tip or cotton tip.

Dip it in some alcohol and clean around all the crevices in on the diaphragm.

And then also on the chest piece I would clean and thoroughly make sure that is dry before I put the diaphragm back on.

Now the bell side, this little plastic thing also comes off.

So I would take that off, clean all around, in the crevices where bugs like to run, to hang out.

And then clean the plastic part thoroughly and then reassemble when it is completely dry.

So if you want to give your stethoscope a real spring clean, a really thorough clean you can pull this stethoscope apart in two places.

And you would clean around all the edges there.

You can take your little Q-tip and clean inside there.

And you can also pull the chest-piece off and do the same there.

Clean all around the crevices.

Clean just inside there.

Let this, for goodness sake, let this dry properly before you reassemble because you do not want any fluid or any condensation in your stethoscope.

Remember guys, it is super important to clean your stethoscope between each patient use.

You want to avoid that cross-contamination at all times.

This is why we wash our hands so much as well.

Now I like to use these prep pads which have got 70% isopropyl alcohol in them, basically just alcohol.

And every hospital should have them readily available for you.

You can buy these at the chemist but if you don't have these, can't get ahold of them, the Littmann manual actually says that you can use soapy water just to clean in down with a cloth and that works just as well.

Thank you for watching the video.

May your stethoscope be clean and your next shift quiet.

I'll see you guys on my next video.

Laters. Boom.

Nurse Jenny



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Jenny, RN is a Registered Nurse working in Sydney Australia. She received her degree in 2013 in Sydney as an international student from Sweden and graduated with a Distinction. She has a passion for Nursing and helping other Nurses and student Nurses in the field, looking at life from the positive side and always giving back where possible. She is the Founder of Bjorn Hall Stethoscopes, a company she created when she saw a need for more personality in the workplace.

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