The FINAL scope thread

  1. Ok. I know, there are a ton of these threads out here and I am not going to do a search so don't suggest it.

    Some of the ladies at my job want to buy me a stethoscope as a graduation/good luck/going away gift. All through school I had a Littman classic (which was fine until it suffered a terrible accident involving a gurney and a 370 lb patient). I recently got an ultrascope which I hate (can't hear a fargin' thing).

    So..... any suggestions? I am going to work on an adult med/onc floor. I'm pretty sure I'll get a Littman... do you suggest any particular model over another? What has your experience been?

    Thanks in advance. My hearing acuity is adequate, and so I'm not looking for any of those electronic sound-enhancing scopes.

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  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   P_RN
    Littman cardio


    hmm what happened to the rest of my post?

    Anyway, Littman Cardiology III
    Last edit by P_RN on Apr 3, '03
  4. by   delirium
    Is that the master cardiology, or another model?
  5. by   Sleepyeyes
    I have the Master Cardiology and it's like listening to the difference between stereo vs hi-fi. You really can hear more, IMO.


    Last edit by Sleepyeyes on Apr 3, '03
  6. by   emily_mom
    I work Med/Tele/Onc and I have a Littmann Cardiology III. Love it. Also on sale at allheart right now too. That's when I got mine. WAY cheaper than any other site I've seen.

    You can check out www.littmann.com to compare scopes.

  7. by   NurseShell
    Originally posted by Sleepyeyes
    I have the Master Cardiology and it's like listening to the difference between stereo vs hi-fi. You really can hear more, IMO.


    That's the one I have - LOVE it!!!
    Hubby bought it for me...
    Had to use a different one once - it was terrible!!! Get this one!!!
  8. by   sjoe
    Read the BB guidelines.

    Do a search.
  9. by   baseline
    She doesn't WANT to do a search.
    Master Cardiology.
  10. by   RNforLongTime
    I say get a Littmann Master Classic. I could hear great with mine. Didn't buy a Cardio III till I switched to Critical Care Nursing. For a med/surg floor, the master classic will suit you just fine! Good Luck!
  11. by   Rena RN 2003
    i have a littman master cardio BUT i recently tried a DRG scope and it beats littman hands down, imo. plus you can get the DRG in titanium and it is so much lighter than the stainless steel littman's. and the price isn't that much different.
  12. by   delirium
    Originally posted by sjoe
    Read the BB guidelines.

    Do a search.
    I would like to refer you to my original post, in which I stated I would not do a search, primarily because I am looking for info relevant to the population I will be nursing and my needs on the unit.

    If you don't like that, put me on your ignore list.
  13. by   fab4fan
    Originally posted by delirium
    I would like to refer you to my original post, in which I stated I would not do a search, primarily because I am looking for info relevant to the population I will be nursing and my needs on the unit.

    If you don't like that, put me on your ignore list.


    I think your reasons for asking were legit.; sometimes there are opinions that don't make it to previous threads. You already prefaced this by saying you weren't going to do the search, so if that puts someone's nose out of joint, then that person should just, "Scroll with it, baby..."

    Personally, I like the Littman Master Cardiology, no flipping around for bell/diaphragm (I also find the chest piece nicely doubles as a reflex hammer)
  14. by   jeannet83
    Well, I am obviously the odd woman out! I have never tried a Littman but I have used the same Harvey stethoscope for 20 years. It's great quality but I couldn't tell you how it compares to a Littman. I just know when I listen with a cheaper brand stethoscope, I can't hear a darn thing!

    Jeanne

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