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- by JaredCNA Jun 20, '08Hello all,
Short and sweet, and hopefully this doesn't turn into an RT vs. RN flame war, I'm beginning school for resp. therapy this fall. Like a dummy, my last stethoscope became ruined because I left it hanging from the car mirror and the tubing cracked d/t heat.
I need a new steth and I'm willing to dish out the money to get a nice one...my last one was a Littman Lightweight II S.E. Does anyone else have any recommendations, seeing as you pulmonary nurses pay a lot of attention to lung sounds?
I'm looking at the MaxiScope but I can't tell this difference between it and the regular UltraScope (besides it costing $60 less.) Am I to understand that it is the same stethoscope, just without the designs?
- Jun 20, '08 by Silverdragon102Moving to the nursing stethoscope forum where I am sure you will find better reviews on the different sorts available. Will also see many nurses pay attention to lung sounds
- Jun 21, '08 by JaredCNAAnyone?
- Jun 22, '08 by Silverdragon102Although I didn't listen to lungs much in my last job I did go on what the doctor's preferred and used a Littmann's cardiology and found the sounds much better than my cheap one
- Jun 26, '08 by JaredCNAThanks. I was looking at the Littmann Cardio III vs Master Cardiology mainly d/t price and because as a student RT I'm sure I won't need a master cardiology.
By the way, does anyone know of a cheaper alternative cardiology scope that works just as good as the Littmann? I was looking at the DRG stethoscopes because the acoustics are made by Bose and their basic model is like $69 if I remember correctly.
- Jun 26, '08 by EricJRNSome of the DRG models are actually more expensive than the comparable Littmann. You can get a DRG stethoscope for around $69, but the cardiology models that I've seen tend to run much higher than that.
Have you looked at ADC?
- Jun 26, '08 by JaredCNAQuote from EricEnfermeroI'm highly considering this stethoscope from ADC. It's the double-sided cardiology stethoscope.Some of the DRG models are actually more expensive than the comparable Littmann. You can get a DRG stethoscope for around $69, but the cardiology models that I've seen tend to run much higher than that.
Have you looked at ADC?
It actually seems like the specifications listed are better than the Littmann Cardio III. Are you familiar with this scope?
- Jun 27, '08 by Jaguar BoyHello,
Try cruising through the steth discussions in this forum. I don't have any experience actually using a steth in a clinical setting, but I decided to purchase a GRX medical CD27 steth. Its design is based on the Littman Cardiology III, but with their ebay special it's about a quarter of the price. I paid about $35. Several people have written positive reviews. Other brands with good reviews are kila and nursemates. Someone even wrote about how to "make your own Littman" using a Kila body and replacing the head with a Littman replacement head (much, much cheaper than buying the whole thing).
Try searching through this forum...and good luck.
- Jun 27, '08 by EricJRNI haven't used an ADC stethoscope myself. (I primarily work NICU and the infant Littmann is cheap enough).
- Jun 28, '08 by mcknisJared, i have used the ADC stethoscopes before, and I can truly say that they are of good quality. I have the 603 (siimilar to the Classic II SE) and it is great for assessments. I have found that the pulmonary assessment is superb even with this scope. One of the girls at work uses the 600 which she says is fantastic. I don't think you can go wrong with ADC. The only downside I have noticed is that the tubing stiffens up fairly quick. I used it for about two years and the tubing was rock solid but still able to drape around my neck. I would suggest keeping it out of the sun since that's what caused the problem last time. They are great scopes at a reduced price from Littman, but still just as good. I also use a Littman Select which is still of great quality at half the price of the cardiology models.