stethoscopes - page 2

Stethoscope for Christmas. I found some inexpensive ones on AllHeart.com and Stethoscope.com. They are less than $20. Will this be OK for a nursing student?... Read More

  1. by   b-lansing
    Sorry-Littmann:imbar
  2. by   lynn1967
    I bought an Ultrascope. Was going to buy a Littman but I saw somewhere about Ultrascope. Man, you can hear the dust settling with it!! About 100.00. Lots of cool designs you can choose from. I thought it might help, being so original in color and design--maybe it won't walk off.
  3. by   AIS52
    I bought a Littmann Master Classic II and my dad gave me so much crap about how I wasted my money. "I've been a nurse over 25 years now and I have never had a problem with cheap stethoscopes- it's the listener, NOT the stethoscope" he'd say.
    I had the last laugh after he used someone else's Littmann Card III and the VERY next day bought himself a $150 Master Cardiology. "Wow, I can't believe how much I couldn't hear!"
  4. by   fab4fan
    As a student, we were REQUIRED to buy a Littmann (that was a long time ago...ouch). I forget what I had as a student; I'm sure it was probably the cheapest Littmann.

    Several years ago, I bought a Master Cardiology; I love it. I work in the ED now, and I think it serves me well there, too.

    Get what you can afford, but I would also suggest that you get a Littmann if you can at all afford it...doesn't have to be the most expensive one.
  5. by   Gromit
    For me, its the Littmann Classic II. I used it way back in my EMS days (and yes, like that other nurse said, they do tend to walk, but I was very diligent in keeping mine).

    To the nurse claiming to not want someone around in a critical situation (who couldnt hear w/o that $150 scope) I say "Whatever".
    Personally, I like to hear the patient, not the sounds of someone rustling the syringe out of a package, or the guy on the next gourney whining about something.

    If it works for you, then fine. The only time I use the hospitals disposable '$1 wonderscope' is when the patient is really nasty, and I don't want my scope stuck there, or if I happen to forget it.
  6. by   hogan4736
    Originally posted by Gromit


    To the nurse claiming to not want someone around in a critical situation (who couldnt hear w/o that $150 scope) I say "Whatever".
    Personally, I like to hear the patient, not the sounds of someone rustling the syringe out of a package, or the guy on the next gourney whining about something.

    If it works for you, then fine. The only time I use the hospitals disposable '$1 wonderscope' is when the patient is really nasty, and I don't want my scope stuck there, or if I happen to forget it.
    my point is simply this: If you think you need an expensive stethoscope, that's your buisiness and your right. But if you think that same scope will help you through your code, or make you a better nurse, then you are sadly mistaken (i've heard this "logic" before).

    p.s. nice cycle...i have a '97 police issue road king

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