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- Aug 1, '10 by Rnstudent2011Quote from coupb8222Friendly recommendation:
To keep your stethescope in good condition try not to wear it around your neck. Your skin dries out the tubing. Littman reps recommend using armor all on it once a month (to the tubing) to restore it and keep it supple.
Some older nurses you will see their stethescope dry out and "bend" to the shape of their neck - not good.
Try to start yourself getting in the habit of storing it in your pocket to maintaining your investment.
Also always clean of your diaphragm/bell with alcohol, rubbing briskly for 15 seconds between patients, stethescopes are a great source of spreading bacteria!
I haven't seen any posts about this but you can also buy "hip holders" that attach to a pocket or your waste and hold your stethescope so you dont have to take up precious pocket room.
- Aug 1, '10 by ObtundedRNQuote from Connie1109Take a look at magna fortis stethoscopes. MagnaFortis.com and use the promo code 282698. I have the "epicardia" model and really like it. They are supposed to be just as good as Littman (in lab tests), but wig the discount code it's much cheaper.Hello all I recently started my nursing classes and am looking to purchase a stethoscope for lab and clinicals. I wanted to know from your experience what stethoscope is the best for nursing students. I am aware that everyone says LITTMAN is the best but it is also expensive so I would like a less expensive alternative that works great as well.
Thank you for your help.
Good luck to you all this semester.
While in nursing school I kept this stethoscope at work (working in EMS), and used a Littman for clinicals. I liked them both. The magna fortis has a heavy metal bell which is good at keeping out ambient noises, but means some people may not like it in their pocket or on their neck all day. The Littman is much lighter, but picks ups other noises. So that comes down to preference.
That discount code saves a ton of money
- Aug 1, '10 by pawashrnUse your eyes and your senses to assess your pt. then grab a stethoscope. As a student you should hone your skills in observation. Such as, a person with no lung disease requiring high O2 and sat's are low 90's, problem. A person with lung disease requiring high O2 and sat's are low 90's, probably were they are naturally.
Know your pt. history: retainer/smoker/ARDS. A stethoscope cheap or expensive is not going to help if you don't first know what you are looking for. I have been nursing for 15 years and the stethoscope I use is a cheap Littman I won at a the hospital fair during Nurses Week. I change the ear plugs once a year.
- Aug 1, '10 by turnforthenurseRNI highly recommend the Littmann Classic II S.E. for nursing students. Pretty affordable compared to other Littmanns imo (I got mine for $74-something from Redding Medical supplies Littmann stethoscopes and Welch Allyn blood pressure units - that includes both tax and S&H! in store they're like $84, + tax = $90+!) They also have great acoustics (7/10). I would not get the Lightweight. I know it's cheaper, but all of the nurses I have talked to that own one say NOT to buy one!!
- Sep 6, '10 by Chris NSi would actually start with a master classic ii, well thats what i would start with because its a single head
- Sep 7, '10 by Thangbom321I suggest a ADC stethoscope. I ordered mine off Amazon (which in turn advertised for Medexsupply). I've done a lot of research (probably over 25hrs) befor I went and ordered them. I bought the ADC 603 (comparable to the littemann II) and the ADC 609 (comparable to the Littemann lightweight). Why two? Just in case I lose one. I will still have something to use in school/clinical while I order myself another ADC 603. I've have yet to use it in class but I have messed around with it for a few hours listening to my siblings and myself. The ADC 609 is really nice. It's lightweight, comfy and clear. I defiantly say it's a not just good, but great bang for the buck. However, as good as the ADC 609 is, I like the 603 a LOT more. It's heavier but so much easier to use. I can place in just about anywhere on the torso and hear some kind of bodily sound, although the 609 can as well (... I don't mean fart.. even though you can probably hear that as well). The 603 is just easier to use. It may sound silly. I mean all you have to do is place it on something and listen, but it just is. You hear things a lot easier with less effort (perhaps hand noise don't transfer through the headpiece of the heavier 603 as easily). I tried a whole bunch of things with both (listening to my stomach digest food, breathing, heart, ect.). They are both worth it. Ohh yeah, forgot to mention that I am only in my first semester of school and have little experience on medical equipment. This is all though my own personal experience with the scopes.
ADC ADSCOPE-Lite Highly Sensitive Light Weight Stethoscope, Adult, Navy
ADC ADSCOPE 603 Stainless Steel Stethoscope, Navy, Adult
- Sep 7, '10 by Chris NSi bought an Adscope-lite it was a about 20 dolor scope, but my 2nd scope will be a master classic II, same reasons so I dont lose one and 2 so i can get basic beats and learn those and than compare them to other beats
- Sep 12, '10 by Chris NSQuote from Chris NSactually I am getting a card IIIi would actually start with a master classic ii, well thats what i would start with because its a single head