How to Choose a Good Stethoscope

  1. 4 How did you choose your stethoscope? Was it the color? The metal choice? Or the brand?



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    Brian has '18+' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele'. From 'Minnesota'; Joined Mar '98; Posts: 15,297; Likes: 16,270.

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  3. Visit  amygarside profile page
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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.
  4. Visit  workingharder profile page
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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.
  5. Visit  ♪♫ in my ♥ profile page
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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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  6. Visit  bluegeegoo2 profile page
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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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  7. Visit  MotherRN profile page
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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.
  8. Visit  ambitiousBSN profile page
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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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  9. Visit  myjade_84 profile page
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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.
  10. Visit  Kidrn911 profile page
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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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  11. Visit  bluegeegoo2 profile page
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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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  12. Visit  mwlude profile page
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    Choose your stethoscope based on what sounds good to YOU. if you can hear what you need to out of it then thats all that matters. I went with an MDF procardial C3 or whatever its called for a few reasons. i spent a length of time listening with various stethoscopes and the one that hit the mark with me (over all the littmans) was MDF. super loud and clear. a few things that can effect sound quality are tubing length and wall thickness as well as diaphragm and type of metal used for the head piece.

    regardless of what people say do not go cheap right off unless you either cant afford a high quality stethoscope or the cheap ones work best for you. this is a tool you will use for the rest of your career in healthcare so get what you want to start. They only get stolen if you are careless and leave it all over the place so it can be stolen.

    good luck!
  13. Visit  bluegeegoo2 profile page
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    They also get "lost" when you let someone borrow it "for a minute" and they never bring it back. My mistake and lesson learned.
  14. Visit  Sha-Sha RN profile page
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    I choose my stethoscopes based on how well I can hear what I need to hear, then color. At first I was not looking at brand and I went with a ADC scope because I heard better that the Littman I was comparing it to. However, with my next scope (after the acoustics on that ADC died) I went a Littman Master Classic II in Purple - again based on sound and a color that most people would not have - so I know if someone walked off with mine. That Littman lasted about 7 years then the tubing started to crack and open. Last year I got a Littman Cardiology II as a birthday gift when I got hired for the CCU (and when my Master Classic was on its last leg). I like the sound and my plum color. This time I had my name engraved on the stethoscope head (theft protection).


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