July 27, 2007

Medical Examiner

Instead of using a tongue depressor when examining a patient's throat, ask the patient to yawn and then immediately yawn at them. This causes the patient yawn in response, raises the soft palate, and lowers the tongue, enabling you to visualize everything without having to use the "popsicle stick" and risking an overactive gag reflex! Works every time, especially for kids.

-- Scott Buttrick PA-C

Posted by Matthew at July 27, 2007 10:53 AM