Performing a physical exam on frightened pediatric patients can often be challenging. I am always thrilled to add more child-whisperer techniques to my arsenal of tricks. I have written in the past about:
- Balloonimals iPhone app to grossly assess peak flow
- Candleflame iPhone app to grossly assess peak flow
- Eye Handbook iPhone app with pediatric fixation animation targets
- Casting/splinting your buddy bear
What’s your trick on performing an otoscope exam of the ears?
Trick of the Trade
The case of the disappearing otoscope “hat”
A slight of hand can easily make the otoscope speculum disappear. Your apparent search for this missing “hat” can make it easier for you to examine the ears.
Thanks to Dr. Chris Nickson (Life in the Fast Lane) for the find!