Poor old stethoscope

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    My poor old stethoscope has been injured! Little Blue as I called her needs fixed. 16 years ago when I graduated from nursing school, I treated myself to a Litman Master Classic. At that time I think it was around $100 or so dollars, a lot for a new grad that just started working and didn't have the extra $$$. My mother and some other people thought I was crazy spending the money on something that would get lost or stollen. I had to prove them wrong and still have her!

    Fast forward...the diaphragm and ear buds need replaced.

    Anyone else have a old favorite nursing supply? How long have your stethoscopes lasted?
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    My old 16 year old Littman Clasic gave up the ghost this year. The rubber around the diaphram just crumbled away the the tubing was so old that it formed a permanent C shape.
    I went to the medical supply store on campus and bought a $50 Littman lightweight stethescope and I wish I had gotten a new one sooner.
    I really miss my Tubex; that is not replaceable.
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    i can sympathize with you since i still have my first stethoscope that was giving to me by a cardiologist when i graduated it belong to him and he was retiring and honored me by giving me his well kept doctors stethoscope i can still recall what he said " here use it wisely and i hope you get to care as many patients in your career as i did" below you can appreciate a picture of it... aloha~
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    Stethoscope? I don't need no stinking stethoscope.

    I can hear rales/rhonci with my ear . I can tell if a patient is in CHF from the door.
    Auscultation is over rated. If I see anything suspicious... I get an x ray ordered.

    That is the ONLY way to tell if it is fluid overload... atelecstasis.. etc.

    Bowel sounds? Nope . Don't need a scope.Take a mini history , visual observation will tell you if .. additional imaging is necessary.

    Heart sounds? Yeah .. right .. like I could diagnose a new murmur.. they don't pay me enough for that. I can however note signs and symptoms of decreased cardiac output.

    Plus.. they are a pain in the neck.. literally when they are draped over your neck!

    P.S. I don't wear a watch either.
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    Gitano --- What an old-time gracious professional collegue (spelling?) of yours. Not too many around these days. He must have thought very well of you.
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    Stethoscope? I don't need no stinking stethoscope.

    I can hear rales/rhonci with my ear . I can tell if a patient is in CHF from the door.
    Auscultation is over rated. If I see anything suspicious... I get an x ray ordered.

    That is the ONLY way to tell if it is fluid overload... atelecstasis.. etc.

    Bowel sounds? Nope . Don't need a scope.Take a mini history , visual observation will tell you if .. additional imaging is necessary.

    Heart sounds? Yeah .. right .. like I could diagnose a new murmur.. they don't pay me enough for that. I can however note signs and symptoms of decreased cardiac output.

    Plus.. they are a pain in the neck.. literally when they are draped over your neck!

    P.S. I don't wear a watch either.
    I got a chuckle from this! I agree, but sometimes the slightest changes that start the downward slide could have been picked up if someone just took the stethoscope and listened to them, KWIM?

    Having a one and knowing when and how to use it is key. I might not always know what I'm listening to, but knowing it ain't normal..

    I rarely hang mine on my neck..(EMT training and working with demntia pts taught me that one)..its on my cart, hidden of course!


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