Can You Name More Than Half of the Items on This Nursing Equipment Quiz?

By: Kennita Leon
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About This Quiz

Nurses are amazing creatures. Not only do they make our stay in the hospitals better, they do it with a smile on their faces, all while having to take flack from doctors and patients, sometimes even putting themselves in danger. But these people should be appreciated much more than they are. We need to take the time to put ourselves in the shoes of nurses and learn more about them and understand fully what it is that they go through. 

One of the ways in which we can do that is by learning some of the things that they've had to learn. And that includes the equipment they've had to use every single day of their careers. Whether it's their scrubs or their writing utensils, or knowing how to use an ultrasound or a glucometer, these magical beings can do it all. 

Today, we want you to try to name these nursing tools. We're going to show you pictures of what nurses use, and it'll be up to you to correctly name just what it is you're seeing. If you think you're up to the challenge -- whether you've got a nursing degree or not -- let's get started!

Nursing scrubs are protective garments worn by nurses, doctors and other medical personnel. Also referred to as nursing uniforms, they are considered as a necessary attire for hospitals and nursing schools and may range in various colors including teal or royal blue.

A stethoscope is deemed a vital piece of equipment for medical practitioners, allowing for the determination of a patient's health status. This equipment enables specialists to listen for lung and heart abnormalities and is considered one of the fastest and most useful means of detecting physical complications in patie

Compression stockings offer graduated compression which assists in improving circulation, relieving restless leg syndrome and decreasing the presence of varicose veins.

A sphygmomanometer, also referred to as a blood pressure cuff or a blood pressure meter, is needed by nurses to measure and monitor a patient's blood pressure. It contains a measuring unit which is the mercury manometer, an expandable cuff and a device for inflation.

A penlight is utilized by nurses to inspect and gauge pupil dilation. It allows for examining the patient's condition and determines consciousness and whether any cognitive abnormalities exist.

The nursing profession involves tremendous coordination and time management skills, and thus, it is mandatory that nurses have a great sense of time which is assisted by their watches.

A drug book guide provides nurses with vital information to help them in decision-making and to avoid errors in the workplace. As a nurse, these practitioners are responsible for their patients and drug books afford guidelines needed for the medical procedures, understanding of proper medication or drug usage, potential reactions and ultimately improving the patient's condition through best healthcare practices.

In healthcare, scissors are essential tools used to cut bandages, medical gauze and medical tape among others for the dressing of wounds.

Micropore tape that nurses use is a surgical tape which is adhesive and is used to secure wound dressings and bandages in place.

Hand sanitization is crucial in the healthcare setting as it helps with preventing the spread of germs and other contagious agents which may infect patients or the nurses who are assisting them.

In the medical field, medical bags are critical as they allow nurses the convenience of carrying around the medical equipment such as stethoscopes, scissors, thermometers, medical tapes, tablets and other essential tools that are necessary to perform their duties effectively and efficiently.

At their place of work, nurses are required to record and keep track of data and medical tasks as well as communicating these to other healthcare personnel. Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) or tablets provides medical practitioners with a means of communicating with others allowing for the immediate addressing of issues.

Writing utensils are essential tools needed by medical personnel to monitor the progress of patients and for record-keeping purposes. These include pencils, pens, paper, medical forms, clipboards among others which are used to document patients' medical information, helping practitioners to organize and prioritize tasks to better serve patients under their care.

A blood pressure monitor offers nurses a crucial means of measuring and reading patients' blood pressure level.

A thermometer, formally known as a clinical thermometer, is nursing equipment utilized by medical personnel to measure body temperature whereby the tip is inserted into the mouth under the tongue, under the armpit, or into the rectum.

A pulse oximeter is a tiny digital device used to examine pulse rate readings and blood oxygen saturation levels. It integrates a photodetector which a nurse or doctor places on the patient's foot, finger or earlobe and a light-emitting sensor.

A syringe is a sterile medical tool, usually a calibrated glass or plastic cylinder consisting of a plunger and an opening that attaches to a needle, used by a doctor or nurse to withdraw fluids or inject solutions into a patient's body.

A hemostat clamp, also referred to simply as a hemostat or arterial forceps, is nursing equipment used during a surgical procedure to control bleeding. Similar to scissors, needle holders and tissue holders, a hemostat clamp has handles that are held in place by their locking devices which regulate the fastening force of the pliers.

IV-Pump is an infusion pump which inserts medication, fluids or nutrients into a patient's circulatory system. This is used by nurses or doctors to administer medication to patients as often as possible in the necessary volumes needed.

In healthcare facilities, a bedpan is a container used for the toileting of a bedridden patient normally for both urinary and fecal discharge. They are made of glass, ceramic, plastic, metal or stainless steel which is considered durable and easy to clean.

With the use of sound waves, this high-tech piece of equipment is able to produce pictures detailing the inner working of the body. An ultrasound is useful in detecting causes of pain, infection, swelling and also to survey a baby in the womb of a pregnant woman. Ultrasounds are noninvasive, safe and do not give off ionizing radiation.

This apparatus determines heart rate, heart rhythm and can help in diagnosing heart failure, heart attacks and pacemaker function. The analyzing of an EKG can be done by studying the components of the waveform left on a paper or digital screen. An EKG is also known as an electrocardiogram or an ECG.

Used to suction fluids in the mouth and the noise, this instrument is simple to use and offers maximum suction power. Suction pumps contain a valve that prevents backflow of fluids to the patient orifices.

This machine performs a routine urine test that checks for abnormalities. Urinalysis systems can detect blood in urine, protein in urine, pregnancy and toxicology screening.

The most common type of dialysis is called hemodialysis; a hemodialyzer acts as an artificial kidney to remove waste and excess fluid from the blood. Once filtered, the blood is then returned to the body with the aid of the dialysis machine.

A portable, efficient apparatus that measures how well the lungs expel air, the peak flow meter measures the force of air in liters per minute when the user blows through the mouthpiece toward the end.

A catheter is a tube flexible enough to be inserted into narrow holes in the body and aids in the removal of unwanted fluids. The process of insertion of a catheter is called catheterization and a catheter may be temporarily or permanently left in the body.

This device is an essential one in all scientific settings. It works by using steam heat to kill microbial lifeforms. Invented in 1879 by Charles Chamberland the autoclave's main purpose was to prevent the spread of sickness through sterilization.

In obstetrics, this painless medical procedure uses a high-frequency sound to detect the location of the fetus, age and congenital disability. The wave also produces images of the organs, blood flow inside the body and tissues

The device determines the hemoglobin content of the blood using spectrophotometric measurements. Portable, lightweight hemoglobin meters provide accurate and easy measurements in the absence of clinical laboratories.

This loose piece of clothing is worn in a hospital by a patient having an operation or a doctor performing an operation. The exam gown can also be worn by bedridden patients.

Known as a blood glucose monitoring device, the glucometer is a medical device system used to test the amount of glucose the blood contains. A drop of blood is obtained, placed on a disposable test strip and the meter deciphers the blood glucose level. Glucometers help in the management of Type 1 and 2 diabetes.

This tool comes in an inexpensive, disposable wooden single-use option, metallic option and various other materials. Vintage tongue depressors were made out of pine, redwood or balsa woods.

Otoscope parts include an insufflator, batteries, bulbs, tips, LEDs and a light bulb. Put together, this device allows for medical inspection of the nose, throat and ear canal.

This control system allows for the recording of pertinent data for quick and efficient retrieval. Computers are imperative in medical practices for consistent care of patients who are bedridden.

High levels of weighing accuracy are required in the medical world due to the sensitive nature of work conducted by professionals. Many professionals use one or more type of these three scales, which are Theatre, Swab and Mortuary scales. Scales are instruments used to measure mass.

The human body is a major cradle of bacterial infectivity within a surgical or medical environment. Use of shoe covers can decrease the risks of acquiring infection from exposure to blood and bodily fluids.

These masks come over the mouth and are fastened by elastics behind the neck and head; they are efficient in capturing microorganisms that are released in liquid droplets.

Known also as a scalpel, this small, exceptionally sharp blade is used for surgical and anatomical dissection. Usually, the blades are made of high carbon steel, stainless steel or tempered steel.

An enema administration can be used to clean the lower bowel; this is usually a last resort technique. Medical enemas are the administration of substances into the bloodstream for various treatments; this is done so the medication avoids passing through the whole gastrointestinal tract and is sent to the affected area and absorbed into the bloodstream.

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