Best Stethoscope for Cardiac Nursing

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    Hello, and Good morning to all. I originally posted this under the "nursing stethoscope" forum but I received no replies. Later this month, I will be interviewing for a position on a Cardiac Stepdown unit where I completed my acute care preceptorship last fall. I would like some opinions regarding the best stethoscope for cardiac nurses. I've heard that Littman's are great, however, there are so many stethoscopes produced by littman (Master Cardiology, Cardiology STC, Lightweight Classic II, etc), I don't know which one to choose. What do you use or suggest I use?


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    I have had my Littmann Master Cardiology for 8 years. It's a little heavier than some and doesn't fold up into a pocket well, but the earpieces are comfy and sounds are extremely clear.
    Last edit by nursej22 on Mar 7, '10 : Reason: unclear wording
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    Thank you for responding.
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    When I went to school the whole class bought Littman Cardiology Master stethoscopes (solicited group pricing). Then soon after, I traded mine in for a Doctors' Research Group cardiology stethoscope. They cost in the $200 range, but the difference in quality of sound is really tremendous. And you can buy stethoscopes at, or even amazon or ebay and get a better price. It's worth investing in a good piece opf equipment.
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    SE II is fine for most nurses.

    I now have a DRG stethoscope which is nice and light, changeable rubber diaphragm covers.
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    I have a Littmann Master Cardiology. I love it. Soooo comfortable. And I hear heart and lung sounds better than I ever have with other stethoscopes I've used.
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    Thanks for the replies everyone
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    Thank you all also.
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    The Littman Master Cardiology stethoscope is the best one I have ever used. My husband bought mine for me as a Christmas gift when I was still in nursing school, and I still love it! Incidentally, almost all of my cardiologist colleagues use the Master Cardiology stethoscope, but mine is better because it's purple.

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