Hi all, I'm new to allnurses.com and new to nursing in general. I am starting out in a level III NICU and am wondering what type of stethoscope I should purchase. I currently own a Littman Cardiology III, but I think that it would be to big for the neonates. Do you suggest I get a pediatric, infant, or neonatal stethoscope (if they even exist). Any help will be greatly appreciated!!
Mar 14, '04
My NICU does it the same as Teeny's.
When I started NICU, I had to kiss my $$$ Littman Cardiology III ADIOS!!! But anything we can do to prevent cross-contamination in these little ones is worth it!
Last edit by NICU_RNwantsFL on Mar 14, '04
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Mar 14, '04
We all have our own neo or peds scopes and alcohol the headpieces between patients...well most staff does.
For babies who are on contact procautions, we use those blue plastic disposable peds scopes. Once they've been cleared by ID we can take them off procautions and use our own scopes again.
I haven't seen any cross-contamination, to be quite honest. A while back, we did have a scare. ID was really on our butts because 5 kids had the same bug at the same time. We put them all on procautions and isolated them from the rest of the unit. But in the end, microbiology reported that between the 5 kids, there were 4 different strains of the same bug, and the two who had the same strain were twins. So it wasn't the staff passing the bug from baby to baby, it was just their immune systems. The family of the twins had been told time and time again to always wash their hands between babies, but you can only tell people so many times I guess before they stop listening.
Last edit by Gompers on Mar 14, '04