Stethescope Comparison - page 2

Is it true that you get what you pay for with a stethescope, or are they all the same? what do you use?... Read More

  1. by   annmariern
    I like the Littmann classic 2; don't need a cardiology scope, not a cardiologist. Earpieces are soft and cut out noise. I learned the hard way about the oils in your skin breaking down the rubber; mine got hard and ripped; sent it to them and got it back today, fixed for $40, I paid $80 2 years ago. Now I know why people wear those ugly scope covers. But to stop it wandering, keep it around my neck, so will have to find one. I thought the fix, which includes a cleaning and spare parts wasn't bad. Cheaper than a new one. Get a wild color, the brighter the better, then when you lose it, chances are it comes back. Black scopes vanish.
  2. by   Raeth
    I really wouldn't recommend getting a cheap one. I guess if you constantly lose them it might be a requirement. Otherwise as a student I think it can be hard enough to know what you are listening for, you don't need your stethescope making it even more difficult. One problem I have seen with the cheap spragues is that the two tubes create too much background noise.

    Not saying you need to spend a ton of money, but it seems like you get what you pay for. Also, if it wasn't cheap I am less likely to lose it or be careless with it. I'll lose ten pairs of cheap sunglasses in a year, but if they cost a $100 they seem to stick around forever.
    Last edit by Raeth on May 11, '07
  3. by   GatorRN
    I'd say especially as a student to invest in a nicer steth, if your budget allows it. As someone else mentioned, it's hard enough as a student to know what it is your suppose to be hearing. A better scope that you hear clearly with makes different sounds a lot easier to distinquish. I use the Littmann Master Classic II, and absolutely love it! I would suggest getting it engraved and using one of those tubing covers to help it to not walk away so easily. I would also suggest staying away from a black one, they do have a tendency to walk away more often.
  4. by   luvmy2angels
    Nothing compares to my littman, i love it! I have had several other brands such as prestige and they work well too, but comfort wise I love Littman.
  5. by   clee1
    Quote from styRN
    I prefer Littmanns tunable diaphragm, particularly the Master Classic II with the single-sided chestpiece for low & high frequency sounds.
    100% agreement. You'll get my MCII when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

    As a side note, nobody uses my steth but me.... call it a pet peeve or personality quirk.
  6. by   clee1
    Quote from rehab nurse
    My advice would be to get a hip/waist clip and keep your scope there unless it's in your ears. Don't lend it!!!!
    Another very good piece of advice.
  7. by   SoonToPassGas
    I personally love my Littmann. It has lasted a long time and works great. I actually just received another Littmann Classic II stethescope (black, 28 inch) as a gift, but don't really need it. If anyone is interested in a great deal let me know!
  8. by   Need2Wings
    I myself have had issues hearing from the double tubed one also, someone gave me one. Fortunately I have a friend who is in clinicals now who has 4 different stethoscopes, which she let me try and the Littman was the one that I could hear out of the best. It was just a Littman special maybe? not an expensive one. I found the best price on www.allheart.com another good website was www.reddingmedical.com comparible prices there too. I am still trying to decide myself which one I want for clinicals.

    good luck.
  9. by   pegbord
    soontopassgas, i just pm'd you regarding the extra littman steth you have. i'm interested!
  10. by   BookwormRN
    I own a Littman Cardiology III---LOVE IT! I like the fact that the bell converts to a pediatric diaphragm--works great for smaller, elderly adults too.
    During nursing school, I purchased a $25 Allheart.com brand cardiology scope for clinicals. It seems to work pretty well, but doesn't come with the pediatric versatility.
    Good Luck with your search---personally, I think I am addicted to stethoscopes. I'm always online looking at them. Like I need another!
  11. by   RNperdiem
    I love my Littmann. All to often in my unit, patients are in isolation rooms and we need to use the cheapie disposable stethescope they place in those rooms. What a difference in quality; you are lucky to hear anything with the cheap disposables.
  12. by   Hoozdo
    Quote from RNperdiem
    I love my Littmann. All to often in my unit, patients are in isolation rooms and we need to use the cheapie disposable stethescope they place in those rooms. What a difference in quality; you are lucky to hear anything with the cheap disposables.
    I will second that. I have a Littmann Cardiology III and love it. I can't hear a thing with the cheap disposables. In a pinch, I put a glove over my Littman and use it in an isolation room. The disposables are a joke!
  13. by   johnwaynehair
    When I graduated I bought an ADC 602 Cardiac, compares to the Littmann 3128 Cardiac III; it was about $80 cheaper at the UTHSCSA bookstore. I love it, and have had several doc try and bogart it after using it on the unit (ICU).

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