Clinical Tip: A hitching post for wandering ophthalmoscopes and otoscopes

November 1, 2006

Ophthalmoscopes and otoscopes are always hard to find on a busy hospital pediatric unit. Carrying an otoscope-ophthalmoscope set around with you is cumbersome, and units purchased for common use often disappear faster than they can be replaced. A wall-mounted unit is not practical because one cannot be placed in every patient room, and not every patient can be taken to the treatment room for examination. Our solution: We have mounted several otoscope-ophthalmoscope units on sturdy IV poles, which can be wheeled to the patient's room and plugged in. The mobile units are convenient and cannot disappear easily.

Ophthalmoscopes and otoscopes are always hard to find on a busy hospital pediatric unit. Carrying an otoscope-ophthalmoscope set around with you is cumbersome, and units purchased for common use often disappear faster than they can be replaced. A wall-mounted unit is not practical because one cannot be placed in every patient room, and not every patient can be taken to the treatment room for examination. Our solution: We have mounted several otoscope-ophthalmoscope units on sturdy IV poles, which can be wheeled to the patient's room and plugged in. The mobile units are convenient and cannot disappear easily.

Kathryn Moffett, MDMorgantown, W.Va.