Steth shopping - page 2

I'm sure there have been threads on this in the past, but I haven't seen one lately so figured it wouldn't hurt to ask again. Anyone have any advice on a good stethoscope? Unfortunately, there... Read More

  1. by   manna
    Thanks for the advice, everyone!

    Okay, here's a dumb question... What does it mean for a steth to have a "dual head" anyway? Does that mean it can be used as both a bell and a diaphragm?

    Anyone ever used the Littmann lightweights? What do you think about them?

    I think I've just about decided on the Littmann Classic II S.E. - Now to just pick a color! (I wish it came in the same ceil blue as the lightweight!)
  2. by   angelac1978
    with my Sprague, it actually has 2 diaphragms, one that is adult sized and then you can flip it over and there is one that is peds sized. It also had interchangeable parts so you could swap out the diaphragm for a bell. Not sure about the Littmans though.

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  3. by   angelac1978
    okay I just looked at a Littman on allheart.com and yes, it has a diaphragm on one side and a bell on the other! it also says that the diaphragm is tunable, which I think you do by applying more or less pressure. Not really sure on that one! :uhoh21:

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  4. by   RedSox33RN
    Quote from manna
    Thanks for the advice, everyone!

    Okay, here's a dumb question... What does it mean for a steth to have a "dual head" anyway? Does that mean it can be used as both a bell and a diaphragm?

    Anyone ever used the Littmann lightweights? What do you think about them?

    I think I've just about decided on the Littmann Classic II S.E. - Now to just pick a color! (I wish it came in the same ceil blue as the lightweight!)
    I got the Littmann Classic II SE also. I got the turquoise-y color!
  5. by   FROGGYLEGS
    Littman Lightweights are a huge waste of money, IMO. Nearly everyone in our class bought one. They were fairly inexpensive. I had a cheap Sprague (however you spell it) and I swear the Sprague was better. I actually turned down an offer to buy one of my friend's lightweight littman for $10 when she got sick of it and bought a better one. I couldn't hear a thing out of it.


    I have a Cadiology III and a Master Classic II. I really can't tell a difference in them. The Cardiology III was a gift for christmas, otherwise I'd have stuck with the Master II. The Master II is cheaper and I think its nicer looking, but that really doesn't count for much, :chuckle .
  6. by   bigmona
    stupid question - do the littmans have interchangeable parts as well?
  7. by   Mandarella
    I had a navy Littman SE II when I was in Respiratory school, liked it alot. Gave it to my sister in law when she was in nursing school because I decided against Respiratory Therapy and thought I wouldn't need it again!! That's ok, because I just bought a burgundy Master Classic II, so far playing around with it, it's pretty good, but we'll see.

    Quote from manna
    Thanks for the advice, everyone!

    Okay, here's a dumb question... What does it mean for a steth to have a "dual head" anyway? Does that mean it can be used as both a bell and a diaphragm?

    Anyone ever used the Littmann lightweights? What do you think about them?

    I think I've just about decided on the Littmann Classic II S.E. - Now to just pick a color! (I wish it came in the same ceil blue as the lightweight!)
  8. by   #1rnstudent
    Whatever stethoscope you get, put your name all over it! They have a habit of walking away forever, so don't lend it either.
  9. by   Nemhain
    I've heard that the Littman Cardiology III is worth the money. I've been thinking about getting one for a while. If the cost is prohibitive, then do the Littman Classic II. These are really good steths. I wish I would have saved up for one in the first place instead of getting a $19.00 steth that I can't really hear diddly-squat with (unless someone's having an asthma attack )
  10. by   #1rnstudent
    Quote from Nemhain
    I've heard that the Littman Cardiology III is worth the money. I've been thinking about getting one for a while. If the cost is prohibitive, then do the Littman Classic II. These are really good steths. I wish I would have saved up for one in the first place instead of getting a $19.00 steth that I can't really hear diddly-squat with (unless someone's having an asthma attack )
    So far I have not met anyone else who has one. I love mine. Definitely worth the extra. See it as an investment now in your nursing future.
  11. by   Jennerizer
    My favorite is the ultrascope - you can hear everything.
  12. by   JimmyMallo
    I got a Littman Lightweight SE for Christmas, and I would recommend it to anyone listening for blood pressure as long as the patient has a bounding pulse!!

    Really though it SUCKS! Nursing is a career, invest in at least a classic II, better if at all possible. Think about it, would Lance Armstrong buy a Schwinn to save a buck? If you can keep them from walking off they last a long time. Take it from me, a $49 steth is not cheaper than a $199 steth, it just adds $49 to the price you'll still pay later for the better steth. I learned the hard way
  13. by   PCGrad06
    go to www.jascouniform.com or call 1-800-222-4445. if you would rather get the catalog you can get a free one online. i hope this helps

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