We perform a lot of surgery on rabbits and pocket pets at our hospital. In the past, I found that my stethoscope would often
get in the way when I monitored these patients during surgery. I would either shift the drape at the wrong moment, or, worse
yet, my hand would enter the sterile field while I monitored the heart rate of a rat, for example.
To solve this problem, I now secure my stethoscope to the patient with Vetwrap (3M). The bell of my stethoscope stays in place
without my having to move the drape. I simply wrap the Vetwrap securely around the patient (but not tight enough to cause
any restriction or compression) after it is positioned on the table, making sure to leave a tab on the end of the wrap so
I can easily remove it.
Erin Crisp, RVT