Stethoscopes?

  1. I was wondering if you could give me information on stethoscopes. I am starting in nursing school and want to get a good one, but lol know nothing about them. I do know I want to be able to do both adults and peds with it, other than that?? I have tried asking some of the nurses I work with and was told that some work better than others, it depends on the person? I know I won't have the $$ to do a trial and error, so any info you could give would be great. Thanks.
    Mary
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  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   nursbee04
    I've heard that Littman is the best. When I went to orientation, they were selling Littman steths but I decided to get a less expensive brand. I got a Prestige Sprague Lite stethescope (lightweight, and really cute clear purple color) It came with extra accessories including pediatric bell and diaphragm. It was under $30. I like it because it is lightweight and you can wear it around your neck and still be comfortable. I have no trouble hearing with it, either.
    Hope that was at least a little help
  4. by   Rena RN 2003
  5. by   emily_mom
    I love my Littman Cardio III....pricey though.
  6. by   Allison S.
    I have the Littman Cardiology III.

    It has heads for pedi and for adult. (Even if you focus on pedi, remember that they can grow to be quite large-- we have two 200 pounders now.

    Each head funcions as both diaphragm and bell. You have to press down to change from the former to latter. This got me in trouble a couple of times with faculty not understanding that you don't need to turn it around!

    I like it. Our faculty wouldn't stand for much less. The spraque types really give you a lot less detail.
  7. by   RN2B2005
    The other plus to the Littmann Cardiology III is that you can convert it into a traditional diaphragm/bell configuration by removing the paediatric diaphragm. I've used mine in a veterinary setting and have been very pleased; the tubing has even survived more than one instance of curious puppy teeth chewing on it.
  8. by   Wolfbeareagle
    Thank you all very much. I really appreciate the help with the scopes and the links provided. I was thinking about the Littman Cardiology III before I posted. lol Am definitely going to think about it harder now, that is probably the way I will go. I want something that will work for a while and in different situations. lol I will definitely get the name tag and probably a cheaper version as a back up. Thanks again.
    Mary

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