How to find a nurse gadget
There must be hundreds of cool nurse gadgets out there, and it’s hard to choose the right one since all of them are useful. Medical instruments and gadgets don’t allow you to make an elimination process based on usefulness.
That’s why you should start doing the research on each of these products based on the skills and needs of the person that has to buy the device (or receive it as a gift). You should do so for every gadget if you have no medical training or for whole sets of gadgets if you can select them on certain criteria.
Using the technical details of the products as landmarks could allow you to identify the best gadgets for the best users, but that would ask more knowledge about the medical science in general, and detailed descriptions of the products.
Most basic reviews should tell you what you want to know about the gadgets and ease the way to a perfect choice.
But you shouldn’t give up that much time for such an undertaking. Instead, you could use the guide we have repared and go straight to the target. We used simple delimitations and tried to fit some of the nurse work accessories and gadgets into the given skill and training limits.
How we chose the coolest nurse gadgets
Most of the gadgets that you can find in medical magazines are so cool that most nurses would want to try them out. But the best strategy would be to buy them (or receive them as presents) once they really need them.
For student nurses, it is important that they go through medical training without skipping essential training because of fatigue, poor concentration or overwhelming schedule. That’s why they could need some help with their study.
That is why a USB audio voice recorder is a great gadget for a student nurse. When you need to take notes during long, tedious lectures, this gadget can help you. You can simply record the class and listen to it later. It has an ON/OFF switch and hidden recording feature so that you can use it without any worries. The device uses WAV format to record the sound and a single charge can make it last up to 15 hours.
Another useful tool is the Livescribe smartpen. Although it’s a student gadget, you can just as well use it during hospital hours. It has amazing features, as it can record everything you write, say or hear and it links the audio to the written notes. Information is then digitized and saved to the computer so you can go through it at your own pace. You can email the information or find specific words thanks to a special feature.
Also, for starters, some blood pressure cuffs would be a good idea for those who are in medical school. They are easy to use every nurse should possess one, no matter the experience.
There are some accessories for nurses that are great for those who recently started their work.
A tourniquet is something you should always have on you, and a pen light is definitely something you can afford to carry. The pen light lets you assess the neuro status of your patients so you can have sound impression of their condition.
Ampule opener/cracker is great for your own protection. It is conceived to help you open the ampules and save you time. The disposable plastic fracture and the safety collar makes it easy to open the pre-scored glass ampules. You’ll be able to finish your tasks quickly and without risks.
Among gifts for new nurses, the vein finder should be on top of the list. This is a high-tech device that is helpful in finding the veins of adult patients and children as well. The transilluminator can also be used in closing veins, and it stretches the skin so you can gain access without using a tourniquet.
For those who started out with too many gadgets and medical equipment, the nurse equipment bags would probably be a good idea for purchase.
And a stethoscope would be a great addition since it always proves to be more than useful and it’s a great comfort for the patient as well as a quick and convenient consultation for the nurse. Besides, stethoscopes have always been cool.
Even though most of the medical gadgets are great news for most nurses, the versatility of some of them makes them suitable for persons that are more experienced. Such is the case with the otoscope.
A pocket otoscope is a valuable tool, basically a magnifying glass with a source light and a speculum. Its primary role is that of detecting ear problems, but it can be used in multiple other ways. It allows you to perform transillumination and determine the position of the veins, it is good for dermatologic observation of the surface lesions and you can inspect other orifices of the body.
You can even use it to determine the presence of strabismus or cataract in patients. The multiple uses make it a great instrument and even though you won’t need to perform all of the above, you’ll be at ease knowing you have the possibility to do so.
A posture sensor is probably what every nurse needs. Because of the long hours of work, it is hard for them to maintain a correct posture. And that’s where the posture sensor comes to the rescue.
Whenever the gadget detects the incorrect bending of your back it sends up a gentle vibration so that you stop. It can also track your steps, distance, sitting time or sleep and it will tell you how many calories you’ve burned.
For all saviors
A mug warmer should always be there for all the nurses. That is a gadget you can’t refuse to any nurse unless they hate warm drinks.
Silicone nurse watches should also be in any savior’s pocket since time is of the essence in any hospital and on any shift. Age and experience don’t seem to have an effect on that.
Compression socks are another accessory we definitely think earned its place on the list for all the benefits they bring and with so little effort.