Best Stethoscope? - page 2
New nursing student here and I'm wondering what everyone recommends as far as a stethoscope. I'm looking to make a one time good investment so price isn't really too much of a concern. Thanks in advance!... Read More
- 0Mar 6, '13 by IHeartNursing321Littmann Classic II S.E. Stethoscope | allheart.com
Littmann Classic II S.E....I have it and it works great! Also has a good selection of colors :P
- 0Mar 7, '13 by turnforthenurseRNQuote from RedHeaded2bNurse16I have both the Classic II SE and the Cardiology III. The SE was what carried me through school...I then decided to upgrade to the Cardiology III. Both are great options, of course I think the Cardiology III is better because it has better acoustics, but as a student you will do just fine with the SE.Thanks! I've been going back and forth with the se and the cardiac... Do you all think the cardiac is worth it?
Don't get the Lightweight. Waste of money, IMO, and the acoustics aren't that great.
- 0Mar 7, '13 by lianna88Stethoscopes have a knack for getting up and walking away... so I've found that most people don't invest in anything particularly high quality until they graduate (and they get a dream scope as a graduation present!)
On that note, I have the Littman Leightweight II and it has worked just fine in terms of hearing heart and lung sounds, and I got it for $40.
- 3Mar 7, '13 by GrnTeaQuote from lianna88When you get yours, unscrew the ring that holds in the diaphragm, take it out, and write your name mirror-image in the inside of the diaphragm (so it's legible right-side-up from the outside). Replace it and put the ring back with the name on the inside (it won't rub off that way).Stethoscopes have a knack for getting up and walking away... .
Now your stethoscope has your name on it where it cannot be removed without making it nonfunctional.
I also used to attach my pen to my steth on a length of IV tubing long enough to put the pen in my pocket (a little bit of superglue to put the pen on the tubing, then glue the loop of tubing to itself around the chestpiece, not to the steth tubing). "Sure, you can borrow my stethoscope to listen to my patient's chest, Dr Smith. I know you don't want my pen dangling from it so you'll be sure to give it back."
- 0Mar 7, '13 by CriticalKareQuote from RedHeaded2bNurse16I used a cardiology 3 during nursing school, and 5 years after ( the same one!) I finally have to get new plastic rims to hold the diaphragm on. No big deal.. I plan to send it to littman to have it maintained.If money wasn't a problem do you think I should go for the cardiology or wait until after school?