Stethoscope Length?

  1. Hi, was just wondering what is the best length for a stethoscope. I have pretty much decided on going on and getting a Littman Cardio III, but am not sure whether to get the 22" or the 27"? Any advice you can give me would be awesome. I will be starting N1 in the summer and want to have to only buy one steth and being as I am not sure which area I want to be in, I figured it would be the best for any areas, so only have to purchase one. I hope...lol
    Thanks
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  2. 26 Comments

  3. by   memphispanda
    Get the longer one. You can always shorten it.
  4. by   jemb
    Depends on how close you want to be when someone is coughing on you.

    Could you guess I vote for the longer one?
  5. by   ArleneD
    I agree with the other posters. I had the same decision to make when I started clinicals, and I'm glad I chose the 27" stethoscope. When you have pts. with pneumonia, postop bad breath, and plain old poor hygiene, you'll want the long one.
  6. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Guess everyone is different. I love my short stethescope.

    Heather
  7. by   Angel2
    I go for the 27" cardio. I also just purchased it on line and
    haven't received it yet. I got it at Reasons Medical for
    $119.95 and the engraving came to $10.95. I also get a
    free cd on cario sounds with it. Can't wait to get it. I have
    been reading this site about the best steth. and felt that
    this one would be the best. Good luck with yours.
  8. by   fab4fan
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    Guess everyone is different. I love my short stethescope.

    Heather
    Wow, now I don't feel like the Lone Ranger, here. Depends on what you want...the longer the tubing, the more distortion you get.
  9. by   HeartRNJenn
    Shorter length and stiffer material are technically best for transmission. But, I like my longer one...
  10. by   emily_mom
    I like my longer one. Keeps me out of the line of puke/loogies/bad breath...

    Kristy

    I have the 27" Cardio III and love it!!!!!!
  11. by   tugbird
    One of my nursing instructors told us that it is supposed to go down to your belly button. Mine (I have a littman also) is way longer than that but I am a bit vertically challenged so maybe that's why. I think when I am done with school and get a new one I would like to have a shorter one.
    Sam
  12. by   NurseWeasel
    I like the 27" because it drapes better around the neck and doesn't feel like it's gonna fall off every time I lean forward.
  13. by   LPN & EMT-CT
    I also have the Litmann 27" I wouldn't have anything else.
  14. by   ageless
    In theory, the shorter the length the better quality of sound. I have been know to cut the length of my littman for better distinction of sounds.

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