Can You Name These Medical Tools?

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In every occupation, there are certain tools or equipment that a person needs to perform their job effectively. For doctors and other healthcare practitioners, it includes things as simple as a penlight to devices as complex as an MRI machine. Knowing these tools is the difference between life and death. How well can you identify the tools used by doctors working in a hospital? There's only one way to find out!

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1. This object is often seen around doctors' necks. What is it called?

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  1. Pacemaker
  2. Nebulizer
  3. Stethoscope
  4. Crutch
A stethoscope is a medical device that is used for auscultation (listening) to the sounds made by the internal organs. It consists of a small disc-shaped resonator that is placed up against the body mostly to listen to heart and lung sounds.
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2. This instrument is used to examin the ear. What is it known as?

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  1. Scrubs
  2. Bed pan
  3. Catheter
  4. Otoscope
An otoscope is a device that is used to look in the ear to get a view of the ear canal and tympanic membrane. They are typically used during regular check-ups and ask when patients complain of symptoms concerning the ear.
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3. These are often used for testing substances. What is it?

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  1. Stretcher
  2. Test tube
  3. Scalpel
  4. Infusion pump
A test tube, sometimes called a culture tube, is a piece of glassware that is commonly found in labs. In clinical medicine, they are used to hold samples of bodily fluid, including blood, urine, pus, and synovial fluid.
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4. What is this material called?

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  1. Humidifier
  2. Operating table
  3. Speculum
  4. Gauze
Gauze is a thin, open weave fabric that is used as a medical dressing. Modern gauzes are coved with a type of porous plastic film which helps it to prevent direct contact and therefore minimize adhesion to the wound.
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5. When doctors want an internal view, they use this machine. What is it?

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  1. X-ray machine
  2. Medical gloves
  3. Pacemaker
  4. Bandages
An x-ray machine is the most common and oldest form of medical imaging. It produces a controlled beam of radiation which is used to create images of inside the body. It plays a vital role in patient healthcare as it aids in early detection, diagnosis, treatment.
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6. Doctors use this instrument to assess blood pressure levels. What is its name?

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  1. Heating pad
  2. Feeding tube
  3. Sphygmomanometer
  4. First aid kit
A sphygmomanometer, also referred to as a blood pressure cuff, is a device that is used to measure the blood pressure of a person. It consists of a cuff that is able to inflate and collapse while releasing the pressure in the artery.
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7. This device accurately tests blood oxygen saturation. What is it called?

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  1. Surgical mesh
  2. Pulse oximeter
  3. Cotton swabs
  4. Respirator
A pulse oximeter is a noninvasive method if monitoring someone’s oxygen saturation by reading the peripheral oxygen saturation. There are two main types, the fingertip, and the earlobe, and in some cases with infants, there is one for the foot.
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8. Need to restore someone's heart rate? Use this medical tool.

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  1. Head mirror
  2. Curette
  3. Defibrillator
  4. Compression stockings
A defibrillator is a battery-powered device that is used to restore a normal heartbeat, whether it be too fast, too slow, or irregular. It works by sending electrical impulses or shocks to the heart. It can also be used to restore a heart’s beat if it has suddenly stopped.
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9. This is used to help adminster medicine into a vein or body cavity. What is it known as?

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  1. Forceps
  2. Caustic pencil
  3. Insulin pen
  4. Cannula
A cannula is a type of tube which is used to deliver or removed different substance (fluids and gases) as well as for collecting information. They come in a variety of sizes, and they are also color-coded.
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10. Some people get scared when they see this tool. What is it called?

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  1. Portable ultrasound
  2. Dressing
  3. Laryngeal tube
  4. Syringe
A syringe is a tube with a nozzle and piston, which is used for sucking in and ejecting liquid, usually through a hollow or fitted needle. They are also used in the culinary industry, in laboratories, and some of them are found in parts of firefighting equipment.
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11. What are these cutting tools called?

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  1. Scales
  2. Autoclave
  3. Trauma sheers
  4. Centrifuge
Trauma shears, sometimes called tuff cuts, are a type of scissors commonly used by paramedics and other people working in emergency medicine when they need to quickly and safely remove clothing from injured patients.
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12. This item is a two in one special. What is it?

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  1. Pen light
  2. Wheelchair
  3. Sharps container
  4. Eye chart
A penlight is a small flashlight that comes in the shape of a pen. They use small LED lights that are able to light up at the press of a button. They come in a variety of materials and brightness and are used as an examination tool.
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13. This tool can determine one's body fat percentage. What is its name?

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  1. Sterilizer
  2. Defibrillator
  3. Body fat caliper
  4. EKG machine
Body fat calipers (or a pair of calipers), is a device which is used to help determine body fat percentage. It does so by measuring the distance between two opposite sides by using the tips to fit across the points.
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14. What is the name of this tool?

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  1. Fluid warmer
  2. Forceps
  3. Surgical lights
  4. Examination table
Forceps (or a pair of forceps) are a handheld instrument that is used to grasp or hold objects, specifically when the fingers are too large to hold or grasp objects. Outside of the medical field, they are called tweezers, tongs, or clamps.
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15. This artificial device helps to stimulate contraction of the heart muscle. What is it called?

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  1. Gurney
  2. Pacemaker
  3. Microscope
  4. Band aid
A pacemaker is a small electrical device that is placed in the chest or abdomen, just under to skin to maintain a suitable heart rate. It sends impulses to the heart, thereby setting and sustaining the heart’s rate.
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16. Can you name this machine that measures the rhythm of one of the body's vital organs?

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  1. Heart rate monitor
  2. Respirator
  3. IV pole
  4. Suction tube
A heart rate monitor is a machine used in hospitals to track the condition of the human heart (known as electrocardiography). The machine is usually wired to the patient and uses multiple sensors to determine the condition and health of the organ.
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17. The item in the picture can be used to determine specific types of hearing loss. What is it called?

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  1. Eye pads
  2. Incubator
  3. Tuning fork
  4. Goggles
A tuning fork is an acoustic resonator which comes in the form of a U-shape two-pronged fork. It is used to assess a person’s hearing, particularly in the two exams; the Weber test and the Rinne test.
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18. This small tool illicits a knee-jerk reaction. What is its name?

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  1. Cardiac monitor
  2. Chest tube
  3. Reflex hammer
  4. Walker
A reflex hammer is a medical instrument that is used by medical professionals to test deep tendon reflexes as part of neurological physical exams to detect anomalies in the nervous system.
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19. Don't know your temperature? Use one of these!

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  1. Crutches
  2. Drapes
  3. Otoscope
  4. Thermometer
A thermometer is a device that is used to measure the temperature. There are many different types of thermometers, some of which are used for different parts of the body and some of which use different elements to measure temperature.
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20. This important tool is used for cuts and scrapings. What is it?

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  1. Cotton applicators
  2. Suture kit
  3. Non-surgical gown
  4. Wheelchair
A suture kit is a type of surgical kit which is used to help manage cuts and lacerations. These kits come in different sizes and with different objects, but the most popular items found inside are a pair of forceps, surgical scissors, surgical blades, scalpels, and needle holders.
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21. This item is used to find out a patient's weight. What is it?

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  1. Scalpel
  2. Adult scale
  3. Crib
  4. Lancet
An adult scale is a device that is used to measure the weight of an adult human. Newer scales can also determine a person’s BMI (body mass index).
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22. Bags of fluid are hung from this stand. What is it called?

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  1. Plastic bowl
  2. Tongue depressor
  3. Oxygen mask
  4. IV stand
An IV stand or pole is a medical device that provides a secure place to hang bags of medicine or fluid to ensure its uninterrupted administration. They are slender iron/ aluminum poles with adjustable heights.
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23. This versatile tool is used for several different things, including finding waist circumference. What is it?

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  1. Catheter
  2. Wash bin
  3. Surgical towel
  4. Measuring tape
A tape measurer is a type ruler that is used to measure the distance between two points. In the medical field, it is used to help monitor the progress in weight management, head circumference of children as well as many other things.
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24. Doctors usually ask you to say "aahh" when using this tool.

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  1. Defibrillator
  2. Step stool
  3. Tongue depressor
  4. Spirometer
A tongue depressor is a tool that is used by medical practitioners in order to depress the tongue to allow for examination of the mouth and throat. Tongue depressors are flat, thin, and often wooden and smooth at both ends, similar to a popsicle stick.
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25. This is often used to write down the patient's information. What is it?

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  1. Oxygen mask
  2. Medical chart
  3. Speculum
  4. Suture kit
A medical chart contains key information about a patient’s medical history, including but not limited to their vital signs, diagnosis, medication, allergies, and other problems. It includes notes made by a physician, nurse, and lab technician.
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26. This item can be made from latex, rubber, neoprene or polyvinyl chloride. What is it?

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  1. IV stopcock
  2. Lancet
  3. Needles
  4. Disposable gloves
Medical gloves are a type of medical gloves that are used by medical professionals during different examinations and procedures to prevent cross-contamination. These gloves come in a variety of colors and sizes, as well as with powder, powder-free, latex, and vinyl.
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27. You may want to wear gloves when handling this instrument. What is it?

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  1. Syringe
  2. Thermometer
  3. Bedpan
  4. Packing strips
Bedpans are receptacles that are used for bedridden patients who are unable to use the toilet. They can be found in different medical facilities and are usually made from metal, plastic, glass, or ceramic.
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28. The item seen here helps to maintain pressure. What is it called?

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  1. Tourniquet
  2. Surgical booties
  3. Gloves
  4. Lubricant
A tourniquet is an elastic strip which is used as a constricting device to help control venous and arterial blood flow, usually around limbs. In emergency situations, they are used to help stop traumatic bleeding.
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29. What is the name of this imaging machine

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  1. MRI machine
  2. Forceps
  3. Eye pads
  4. Nebulizer
An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a type of scan that used magnetic fields to produce detailed images of inside the body. Like other types of medical imaging, MRIs can be used in the diagnosis and monitoring of various conditions.
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30. This medical device is a:

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  1. Gauze
  2. Eye pads
  3. Crash cart
  4. Irrigation tray
A crash cart is a type of container which houses different types of medical and equipment for use in medical emergencies. Most, if not all, crash carts have wheels, which helps to move them around more quickly.
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31. This item is used to protect both the doctor and the patient. What is it?

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  1. Surgical mask
  2. Catheter
  3. Lap sponge
  4. Bulb syringe
A surgical mask, sometimes called a procedure mask, is a type of mask which is worn by health professions during nursing and surgery to prevent the shedding of bacteria (in the form of aerosols and liquid droplets) from the wearer’s nose and mouth.
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32. This tool is used to inspect orifices. What is it?

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  1. Thermometer
  2. Reflex hammer
  3. Tuning Fork
  4. Speculum
A speculum is a medical tool used for investigating the orifices of the body. Its duckbill shape allows doctors and other medical practitioners to see inside the hollow parts of the body.
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33. This tool helps to keep an eye on an important levels of a certain molecule. What is the device called?

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  1. Blood glucose monitor
  2. Ultrasound machine
  3. Stethoscope
  4. Telescope
Digital meters are a type of blood pressure monitor which measures the systolic and diastolic pressures by oscillometric detection. They can be inflated automatically or manually, and while they are found in every major hospital, they are known for their inaccuracies in certain types of patients.
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34. This knife like object is known as a ____________.

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  1. Scalpel
  2. Ointment
  3. Band-aid
  4. Otoscope
A scalpel, sometimes referred to as a lancet, is a small, bladed instrument that is commonly used in anatomical dissections in surgery. Their sharp edges allow for very precise cutting.
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35. This device is commonly used in people who have difficulty urinating. What is it called?

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  1. Fetoscope
  2. IV poles
  3. Catheter
  4. Pulse oximeter
A catheter is a thin, flexible tube used for a broad range of functions, including the treatment of disease and to perform surgical procedures. They can also be inserted into ducts, vessels, and body cavities allowing fluids to be drained.
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36. This tool is also found in many bathroom cabinets. What is it?

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  1. Drapes
  2. Tweezers
  3. Chest tube
  4. EKG machine
Tweezers are small tools used for picking up or removing objects which are too small to be handled using other objects or human fingers. They are useful for a number of daily tasks, but also in medical and dental procedures.
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37. This device has a camera attached at one end. What is it?

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  1. Gurney
  2. Endoscope
  3. Bandage scissors
  4. Face masks
An endoscope is a medical device with an illuminated camera on the end and used to take a deeper look into the body. It is a non-surgical procedure where the scopes are inserted through natural openings. An endoscope through the urethra is known as a cystoscopy, while one through the colon is called a colonoscopy.
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38. What is the name of this common item?

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  1. Tongue depressor
  2. Surgical scissors
  3. Sharps container
  4. Packing strips
Surgical scissors are instruments, typically made of stainless steel used for cutting tissue both at the surface and inside the human body during surgery. The blades are usually curved, but they can also be straight.
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39. These are some of the most versatile items used by doctors. What is it?

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  1. Emesis basin
  2. Oxygen mask
  3. Thermometer
  4. Cotton swabs
A cotton swab is a small wad of absorbable cotton which is used for both cosmetic and hygienic application. They are sometimes used to take microbiological cultures, DNA samples, as well as to apply medicines to targeted areas.
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40. These tools are used on samples of pee. What are they called?

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  1. MRI machine
  2. DNA kit
  3. EKG machine
  4. Urine test strips
Urine test strips, also known as dipsticks, is a diagnostic tool used to determine pathological changes in a person’s urine during urinalysis. The strip is comprised of 10 different chemical pads that will react or change color when placed in a urine sample.
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41. This tool is often used to carry the sick or injured when they are unable to walk. What is it called?

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  1. Test tube
  2. Stretcher
  3. Sphygmomanometer
  4. Humidifier
A stretcher, also known as a litter or pram, is an apparatus which is used for moving patients who require medical assistance. There are several types, the first of which must be carried by two or more people. The second is a wheeled stretcher, which is sometimes referred to as a gurney.
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42. What is the name of this pediatric tool?

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  1. Respirator
  2. First aid kit
  3. Adult scale
  4. Baby scale
A baby scale, like an adult scale, is a monitoring tool used to keep track of a baby’s weight gain/ loss. Consistent and reliable monitoring is a fundamental part of keeping track of a newborn’s continued development.
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43. This devices allows for a procedure that gives doctors a better look at what is going on inside the body. What is it called?

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  1. Otoscope
  2. Ultrasound
  3. Scrubs
  4. Catheter
An ultrasound is a type of imaging that uses high-frequency sound waves to look at various organ structures, specifically soft tissue, in the body. The imaging tool can also be used to measure the flow of blood in the arteries, and therefore blockages.
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44. This is a support tool placed inside a blood vessel. What is it known as?

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  1. Stent
  2. Autoclave
  3. Packing strips
  4. Chest tube
A stent is a metal or plastic tube-like structure that is inserted into the lumen to keep the passageway open. Stents are commonly placed in clogged arteries to reduce the chance of a heart attack by allowing blood to flow more freely.
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45. What is the name of the object shown in the image?

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  1. Balm
  2. Crutches
  3. Stethoscope
  4. Infusion pump
An infusion pump is a medical device that is used to deliver fluids into a patient’s body in a controlled method. They can be used to deliver anything from antibiotics, and pain medication, to insulin and chemotherapy drugs.
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46. What is this item called?

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  1. Instrument tray
  2. Casting material
  3. Sling
  4. Operating table
An instrument tray is a tool used to transport and store medical, usually surgical instruments. Instrument trays are usually stainless steel but can also be made from other types of material.
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47. This tool is used on people who have diffuculty sleeping at night. What is it called?

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  1. IV pole
  2. Blood pressure cuff
  3. CPAP machine
  4. Examination table
A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine is used to help people with sleep apnea breathe easier and more regularly while sleeping at night. It works by increasing the air pressure in the throat to prevent the airways from collapsing when a person inhales.
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48. If you want a clean surface, you should grab a couple of these.

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  1. Sharps container
  2. Alcohol wipes
  3. Thermometer
  4. Surgical drain
Alcohol swabs come in a variety of sizes and have multiple uses, but mainly disinfection – of insect bites, cuts, scrapes, and blisters. Not only are they found in hospitals and doctors’ offices, but they are also located in a first aid kit.
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49. What is the name of this object?

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  1. Bandages
  2. Wartenberg wheel
  3. Oxygen mask
  4. Eye pads
A Wartenberg wheel is a medical device commonly used for neurological tests. It was designed by Robert Wartenberg to test a nerve’s sensitivity as it is rolled across the skin.
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50. Despite being commonly used on babies, this tool has many other uses. What is this item?

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  1. Enema bulb
  2. Scalpel
  3. Walker
  4. Geriatric chair
An enema bulb, also called a rectal bulb is used to squeeze the water or fluid required for an enema – a procedure whereby liquid is injected into the rectum to expel its contents.
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