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- by ERNURSEFINALLY Oct 12, '12After a long 3 years as an RN trying to get a position in the ER......I got it. Now all the prepartion begins. What is a good pocket resource, as I have no ER experience. What is the best stethescope to use? I have a cheap Littman and can hear fairly well, however I realize that the ED can be a noisy place. Thanks for all of your help!
- Oct 13, '12 by edrnloveitFirst of all congrts to you. I may be biased in my opinion but there is nothing like nursing in the ED. Our Ed director suggested a reference book for us from USC called the Hospitalist handbook, I really love it. As far as stethoscopes go I went with the Pittman cardiac master and for years it has served me well. You can get some great deals on this model online. Welcome to the ED, I wish great success in your new endeavor.
- Oct 13, '12 by Esme12These are a few I have found worthy. I always carry pedi references. I think the littman Cardiology III Is more than sufficient to hear what you need in the ED. You won't have time to listen for heart tones, mummurs etc. That's an ICU thing. In the ED it's are they there or not. can you hear breath sounds or not.....so anything that you can "hear with" is good enough.
The Tarascon Emergency Department Quick Reference Guide
The Vedells resuscitation chart
Pocket Emergency Medicine (Pocket Notebook Series)
Micromedex is pricey but a great reference for your smart phone.
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- Oct 13, '12 by Esme12I have both and use both.......I save my master for ICU/CTPACU.
- Oct 13, '12 by eCCUThink labs electronic very light and loud works perfectly in a loud environment
- Oct 16, '12 by EmergencyNrseI have a Littmann Master Cardiology and am pretty good with high frequency/low frequency auscultation.
Truth be known, the vast majority of physical exams in the ER can be eval-ed with the 2.00/disposable stethoscopes... Don't go out of your way to spend lots of dollars. You don't need one to get the job done. Just my 0.02
- Oct 19, '12 by mcknisAgree with EmergencyNrse... I have used many scopes but just use whatever is comfortable for you. I used a sprague scope, but it was to thick around my neck and gave me an ache. I prefer anything I can hear with but lighter is better. Have used the same littmann scope through school and it still does its job. Just had to replace the tubing because it cracked on me, but no biggie. $20 tubing on ebay from china got me what I needed. I would just keep the same one and use it. If you have $200 laying around then spend the money, but if not, a cheap scope with good earpieces will work just fine!