Do you recommend Littmann for a steth? Pros/Cons of it. - page 2

Hi, getting ready to purchase my steth (HOW EXCITING) for school. I have one that is pretty cheap, think it's like a 9.00 one. Does the job. Im interested in a LITTMANN, do you think I am because... Read More

  1. by   manna
    I got the Classic II S.E. - recommended by my school/upperclassmen. Haven't used it much yet, but liking it so far.
  2. by   EyesForward
    ...please check out the Tycos brand. Same quality, better price = better value. My sister was a ped's ICU nurse, and is now and ENT, and she always loved her Tycos Harvey Elite, which she bought me for nursing school. It's a high quality instrument, and I love it.
  3. by   Nursetob2005
    I currently have a Littman and I do like it. However, a classmate had a DR.G steth that I thought was out of this world. Although my Littman was lik 48 or something, her Dr.G was like 78...but I see a huge difference in hers than mine. I think that the acoustics are ten times better with a DR.G. It is a lot of money to shell out... the Dr.G has soft diaphragms on both sides....but I was able to buy the Dr.G disposable covers for the bells at the scrub store...they were 4 for $6. I thought it was a steal and it works great with my Littman.

    Just my 2 cents!

    Jami
  4. by   JimmyMallo
    Whatever you buy, get it at allheart.com they are the cheapest anywhere! I got mine in under 2 weeks and my cardiology III was 116+ shipping (<$10). It lists at $177 +shipping on Littman's own site! They have the cheaper models as well and they are all much cheaper than you can buy elsewhere. The only thing to watch is that there cheapo items like penlights and scissors are really cheaply made, as far as steths though they are brand name new in box, you can't go wrong!
  5. by   johnnrachel
    Im really thinking of buying the Cardiology III. Can you tell me if your really happy with it??? I know it is a lot of $$ but if it is worth it I dont mind spending the $$. I now have a Littmann Select and from all these posts the Cardiology III seems worth it . Please let me know. Thanks so much
  6. by   southern_rn_brat
    after having my master cardiology scope stolen :angryfire i ordered an engraved littman soft touch cardiology stc with the tear drop shaped chestpiece. it is about the same price as the mc but i think it is better! i love this thing. i would recommend getting the 27" length though....i got the shorter length and now wish i hadn't. btw...allheart.com rocks!!! :hatparty:
  7. by   JimmyMallo
    Well worth it, I can hear things I never did before! It is a good investment if you take care of it and don't let it out of you site.



    Quote from johnnrachel
    Im really thinking of buying the Cardiology III. Can you tell me if your really happy with it??? I know it is a lot of $$ but if it is worth it I dont mind spending the $$. I now have a Littmann Select and from all these posts the Cardiology III seems worth it . Please let me know. Thanks so much
  8. by   malenurse1
    Quote from JimmyMallo
    I just got my Cardiology III and LOVE IT!!! :hatparty: It is like night and day. I got mine at allheart.com and it was only like $127 with shipping. Sounds like alot but it has a 5 year warrantee and in most schools it is less money than you pay for uniforms

    Some people feel that a cheap one will do for school and they will upgrade when they are more experienced but think about it, when you are less experienced don't you need MORE input to figure out a problem? The Cardiology III picks up sounds I didn't even know existed. I checked a patient for rails in left lung the other day and actually heard a heart murmur. Before I got this scope I didn't even know what that sounded like. That's my 2 anyway.
    I finally broke down and bought the Cardiology III from allheart.com too. It was one of the best purchases I've ever made! I even got mine personallized (to protect it from greedy doctors). The differance in what I can hear is remarkable. During a recent OB/Peds clinical I was able to hear a heart murmur on a newborn that the NICU nurse couldn't hear with her scope. It is definately worth the investment! Remember that it is an investment in your career.
  9. by   studentnurse74
    I just got a Littmann lightweight, but haven't really used it yet. My brother has had the same style for 10 years and loves it. I've heard some people say they like the double tubing, and others swear they can't hear anything out of it and will only use the single. Mine was around $34 from allheart.com. I'm afraid to spend the money on a cardiology one if I can hear just fine out of mine for what I need it for. I guess we'll see what happens. Good luck! I think it's all personal preference.
  10. by   johnnrachel
    Quote from malenurse1
    I finally broke down and bought the Cardiology III from allheart.com too. It was one of the best purchases I've ever made! I even got mine personallized (to protect it from greedy doctors). The differance in what I can hear is remarkable. During a recent OB/Peds clinical I was able to hear a heart murmur on a newborn that the NICU nurse couldn't hear with her scope. It is definately worth the investment! Remember that it is an investment in your career.
    Youve sold me. Im ordering my Cardiology II tommorrow I would welcome any one more input on this steth discussion. It really is a hard choice. They are so gosh darn expensive. Dont laugh, but the one I have now is the LIttmann Select (retails about $35) I cant imagine how different the Cardiology will be. Thanks all and Im sure you have enlightened many students. P.S. Ebay has some good deals on Steths as well Good Luck to all and Happy Auscultating!!!!!!!!!!! :chuckle
  11. by   txspadequeenRN
    I have a master classic II and it is the best!!!!!
  12. by   wonderbee
    Before going with Littman, I suggest trying DRG. The soft rubber-like membrane on the bell is great at conducting sound. It's not only treated with a bacteriacide, it can be removed and replaced with funky colored new ones. It has patented gel eartips that comform to the ear and has a piece on the lumen that keeps it from sliding off your neck when not in use. I bought the Cardiology steth. The acoustics are excellent. At $140, it's every bit as good if not better than the Littman Cardiology III at $180.

    I've heard that Ultrascope is also worth looking into.
  13. by   truern
    http://www.eGeneralMedical.com

    check out the ultrascope here..

    i tried one at a local store, though, and although they claim you can hear through a folded up sweatshirt, i couldn't really hear as well as i can with my littman cardiology..

    i WANTED to..really...cuz they're so darned cute

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