Thinklabs stethoscopes enable you to record heart sounds or lung sounds on your iPod or other mp3 recorder. Now you can capture any interesting sounds on the fly. You can also listen to your iPod recordings through your stethoscope or headphones. The sound is so accurately recorded you'll think you're listening to the patient.
As a part of Thinklabs System Solutions, you can also upload sounds to your PC or Mac and display, edit and annotate recordings. This is just one example of how the whole is greater than the sum of the parts - the idea driving Thinklabs System Solutions thinking.
Clinical Practice - Capture auscultation sounds on your iPod and incorporate them into your Electronic Medical Records (EMR). This is useful for tracking a patient's progress so that heart or lung sounds can be compared with previous visits. Physicians have used this to determine whether drug dosages need to be adjusted, whether patients have improved or regressed, etc. You can also email recordings to colleagues for second opinions.
Academic Teaching - Collect interesting sounds or build sound libraries for teaching. The quality of iPod recordings is vastly superior to the typical audio materials used to teach auscultation. Now you can create sound sets specific to your own teaching curriculum. Sounds can be distributed to students via email, posted on websites or university intranets, or burned onto CDs. Studies have shown that students who listen repetitively to auscultation sounds improve their recognition rates from 30% to almost 90%.
Student Evaluations - Record specific sounds and incorporate them into the patient record when developing standardized patient cases or examination materials. One medical school has reported equipping students with Thinklabs stethoscopes and iPods and required students to record the sounds they hear on rounds. Examiners then listen to the recordings to compare them with findings claimed by the students.
Learning - Fellows, Residents and Medical Students can record sounds for presentation, journal clubs, and second opinions. Now a student, upon hearing something suspicious or interesting, can later consult with mentors to verify findings. This significantly enhances learning opportunities.
Presentations, Documentation, Journal Articles - Thinklabs Phonocardiography software allows you to upload iPod recordings, display, edit and annotate them. The combination of Stethoscope, iPod and Software is an example of Thinklabs System Solution in action - the synergy that makes the whole greater than the sum of the parts.
What You Need
Your Thinklabs Stethoscope includes cables required to connect your stethoscope to iPods and other recording devices. You also need the following:
- Apple iPod 2G nano or Video, or other recording device.
- Xtrememac Micromemo Recording Dock.
Thinklabs also offers a complete Stethoscope Recording Package which includes a Thinklabs ds32a+ Digital Stethoscope, Apple iPod 2GBytes, Micromemo Recorder, and a comprehensive User's Manual. You can order any of these components or packages from Thinklabs at our online store, or by calling 800-918-1088.