Got a new pricey stethescope and it's no good! - page 2

by ShineyNickel76

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I am starting nursing school next week and decided to get me a new stethescope in a color of my choice (instead of my current black one). So, I go to the store to get a Littmann and I actually went to two different stores. Both... Read More


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    Okay smarty pants Tyvin. LOL! It was noisy in the store. They had loud music playing so it was hard to hear anything let alone to really hear the heart sounds. The clerk assured me it was as good as a Littmann. I did return it. I am going to order a Littmann off Allheart.com. They have a great sale going on right now.
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    I think for most purposes you don't need a fancy or expensive stethoscope. I'm basing that on my personal experience of buying a $60 stethoscope before starting school! Many times in clinicals if patients are on contact precautions you'll have to use a disposable plastic stethoscope that probably costs $2. Much to my surprise I was able to catch murmurs and adventitious breath sounds with those as well. I have a Littman Classic II and it sounds great. I would like to get a Cardiac III but I feel like that's mostly for really advanced cardiac assessments where subtleties such as "midsystolic clicks" or an Austin Flint murmur are important regarding valves. On most intermediate care floors you are just listening for crackles, rhonci, wheezes, murmurs or gallops. I was also gonna mention about making sure the bell was turned the right way but someone else beat me to it . Good luck in school!
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    Yessssssss, the bell was position right. LOL! That was the first thing I checked when I wasn't hearing anything. It was turned in the right position. I placed it correctly on my body and I also put them correctly in my ears. I would have been so embarressed if I had done all that wrong. LOL! I promise I am not a total dummy. I actually did get to test a cardiology scope the same day and totally fell in love. It was awesome. For now I will use my cheap scope but I will definitely invest in a cardiology scope and I really appreciate all the feed back. Thanks folks!
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    Does anybody know the difference between a litmann classic ii pediatric stethoscope and a 3m classic ii pediatric stethoscope? There is a $40 dollar difference between the two but i can't tell if that is simply because one is being offered from an amazon seller and the other is some random seller....

    Amazon.com: 3M Littmann Classic II Pediatric and Infant Stethoscopes: Health & Personal Care

    Amazon.com: Littmann Classic II Pediatric Chestpiece, Caribbean with Rainbow: Health & Personal Care

    I googled, with no luck
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    What is the other brand you bought, just so I know! I also have a Littman, a classic II, but still awesome!
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    Oh, and to the pp, They are the same scope, I believe.
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    I had a problem with the first stethoscope I bought for nursing school. I eventually discovered that all I had to do was change the ear pieces from the soft ones to the hard ones. It was less comfortable but I could hear!! :-) turns out the soft ones were closing up in my ear not allowing me to hear anything.
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    3M makes Littman. They are one in the same :-)
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    Quote from Katherined
    Does anybody know the difference between a litmann classic ii pediatric stethoscope and a 3m classic ii pediatric stethoscope? There is a $40 dollar difference between the two but i can't tell if that is simply because one is being offered from an amazon seller and the other is some random seller....

    Amazon.com: 3M Littmann Classic II Pediatric and Infant Stethoscopes: Health & Personal Care

    Amazon.com: Littmann Classic II Pediatric Chestpiece, Caribbean with Rainbow: Health & Personal Care

    I googled, with no luck
    I believe they're the same company as Littmann is owned by 3M. However if you're looking for a Littmann peruse the Littmann site for legit sellers as some places sell knock offs. I just bought a pediatric/ infant one from steeles.com for 78.99 plus shipping if you want to look there
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    I think I want a Classic II I hear so much good stuff about them


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