How To Clean A Stethoscope MDF 777

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In this video, I'm gonna be showing you how to clean an MDF stethoscope from start to finish. 

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In this video I'll be going through how to clean the entire 777 MDF Cheetah stethoscope from the ear tips, to the diaphragm, to the whole stethoscope.

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I'll give you a general rundown on how I clean my stethoscope after each patient use.

What I do, I start with the ear tips and I always use these alcohol wipes, which I always keep in my pocket at all times.

You never know when you're going to need it.

Open that one and just clean the tips just like that.

I cleaned the diaphragm that's been on the patient.

Clean both sides just like that. If I need to I can grab a new one and clean the tubing.

I might not cleaning the tubing every time I've used it, but certainly the ear tips and the diaphragm.

I clean it down just like that.

You'll be amazed at how dirty your stethoscope is often.

Yep. See you've got, I haven't even used this a lot and this is quite dirty, so that's just a general clean I do day to day all the time after I used it on a patient.

It's pretty easy, pretty quick.

If I borrow someone else's stethoscope, which you shouldn't, but I do sometimes I always take an alcohol wipe and I clean the ear tips and off I go.

When it comes to a thorough clean on your stethoscopes, which you might do every three months or something, 

Depending on how dirty your stethoscope gets.

I would take the ear tips and I would actually just pull them off depending on what stethoscope you have.

These MDF ones they just pull off.

I would use something like a cotton bud, a Q-tip, those things you clean your ear with and I would dip it in alcohol and I would just clean inside from both sides. Clean, clean, clean, make sure you can't see anything visibly dirty in there, and then attach it to the stethoscope again, and I will do the same for the other one. Then when it comes to the diaphragm, I would take the diaphragm off and I would again, I would use a cotton tip.

I would dip it in alcohol and I would clean all the crevices inside the diaphragm, and on the chest piece.

The chest piece has got crevices as well, and then I would reattach the diaphragm after that.

Then I would just as usual I would clean the tubing with an alcohol wipe, maybe a few more if you want to do a thorough clean.

You could also, as per the MDF instructions, use a cotton cloth, or cotton ball, or something like that.

If you wanted to clean the non chill rim or their pediatric bell side, I would remove the non chill rim or the pediatric bill, and I would do the same as with the large diaphragm.

I would take a cotton swab, dip it in alcohol, and clean it all around inside, all around the crevices, and then let it dry and put it back on.

Let's talk a little bit about these alcohol swabs that I'm using to clean the stethoscope.

This is a 70% isopropyl alcohol prep pad.

Now most most hospitals, I would hope all of them, keep these around readily available for nurses to use because you need them for all sorts of things, but if you don't have these, can't get a hold of them you can by the way buy these from the chemist, but if you can't, if you don't have it available another thing you can do to clean your stethoscope is to use soapy water.

Just normal soapy water and a cloth or use their cotton tips as well.

Number one rule, do not submerge your stethoscope in water.

That is not the way to clean it.

You've got to make sure that all parts are thoroughly dried before you put it all back together.

Don't put your tubing in water and let water get into the tubing.

It's a disaster.

Don't do that. If you're like me, wear the stethoscope around your neck all day, remember you are bringing it into every room and seeing a lot of patients so it's important that you do clean it after each use.

You don't want any of that cross contamination.

The same as washing your hands.

I mean if you touch a patient, you would wash your hands.

If this touches a patient, you need to wash it.

I hope you guys enjoyed this video and know a little bit more about how to clean your stethoscope.

I will catch you on my next video and I hope your next shift will be a quiet one.

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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