How to Choose a Good Stethoscope

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    How did you choose your stethoscope? Was it the color? The metal choice? Or the brand?



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    Last edit by Joe V on Jun 27, '13
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    I choose for the brand and at the same time the color as well.. as long as it serves its purpose and it's durable that's fine.
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    Since I'm not in acute care and don't use mine all the time I chose an inexpensive model. The expensive ones come equipped with a set of legs.
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    When I started nursing school, I bought a Littmann Cardiology 3. I have a hearing disability and bought the best thing I could find.

    I later upgraded to a Littmann amplified scope but I've gone back to the Cardio III because it's (a) sufficient and (b) more compact for carrying around the whole shift.
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    I prefer the disposable stethoscopes. I can hear everything with those, not so much with pricier name brands. It's also lightweight so I don't feel like i have a yoke on. And finally, should I lose it or it finds it's way to a new home, it's cheap and easily replaced without setting me back a wad of cash.
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    Where can I get the cheep disposable ones? I used one like that while in school (I inherited it from a classmate whose mother was an RN) but have since lost it. I could always hear out of it. The worst I could say is that it hurt my ears since it had no cushion.
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    I chose based on the brand. I have both a Littmann Classic II, and now a Littmann Cardiology III as I head into nursing school in the fall. My first stethoscope was a regular dual-tubed steth, and when I first got my Classic II, the sound quality was simply amazing. I now know what they mean when they refer to it as "Littmann quality."
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    The brand matters to me too. I'm using Littman II SE Lightweight right now and i'm satisfied with it.
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    Littmann classic II, I actually should get an amplyify one because I have hearing loss in left ear. I choose Orange so it stands out and Docs don't run off with it.
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    Quote from MotherRN
    Where can I get the cheep disposable ones? I used one like that while in school (I inherited it from a classmate whose mother was an RN) but have since lost it. I could always hear out of it. The worst I could say is that it hurt my ears since it had no cushion.
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