An otoscope is an analytic medical apparatus used to check the inside of the ear and eardrum, the eyes, nose, throat, and the navel. It has a light source and amplifying lens, which supports the clinicians and doctors in screening for illnesses. A video otoscope enables the search for abnormalities on the inner portions of the ears, eyes, nose, throat, and navel of a client. The doctors can diagnose the patient correctly because images could be enlarged for viewing. To manipulate a video otoscope we can observe some procedures.
- For ear procedures, explain to the patient what you are going to do and describe the use of the otoscope.
- Examine the healthier ear first so that the infection or disease on the infected ear will not spread to the healthier one. Use the otoscope’s video to examine the outer and inner ear for abnormalities.
- While standing at the patient's back, examine the ear with the otoscope held by your left hand if the affected ear is on the left side. This is done so that the patient will not experience discomfort if his forehead is tilted.
- Adjust the video on the otoscope so that you can look at the outside canal, and in the direction of the tympanic cover for examination. Look for an inflamed skin canal with waste for otitis externa. Using the video otoscope will enable the holder to see what has been extracted.
- Regulate the video otoscope so that you can check the hammer-shaped bone in the inner ear, then the drumlike formation of tympanic casing. Examine the lower portion, and then go forward by 360 degrees, downward and then toward the rear.
- For throat problems video otoscopes are used by doctors to examine the tonsils and back of the throat. Treating the illness is facilitated by the video otoscope because all the movements of the instrument are seen in the video.
- For eye treatment, the video otoscope is seldom used. The eye is sensitive, and doctors are afraid that instead of treating the illness found, they might add to the illness of the patient.
- For the patient's nose and navel, a video otoscope can be used. Enlarging the image by its focus function gives the doctors appropriate repositioning of their gadgets when treating the ailment.
To test the mobility of the eardrum, a pneumatic otoscope can be used. This instrument has a globular attachment that allows the doctor to blow air into the ear, but not the nose, throat or navel, to find out if there are excess fluids or there is any ear problem.
Manipulating the video otoscope enables the examiner or the doctor to clean and treat the ear, throat or nose of the patient. The examiner uses the speculum end of the otoscope, and uses its light and magnifying lens to make examinations of the treated part.