Stethoscopes?

  1. 0 I'm a new grad in the midst of orientation on the medical floor of my local hospital. The stethoscope I have from school is a Littmann Light Weight Classic, I think it's the cheapest of the Littmanns. I'm having trouble hearing lung sounds with it for some reason. I want to get a different one, but something not too terribly expensive. What do you all recommend?
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  3. Visit  julz68 profile page

    About julz68

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  4. Visit  Silverdragon102 profile page
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    Moved to the Uniform/scrubs and gear forum
  5. Visit  Katieerin profile page
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    I have researched this but have no first hand ecperience. I am going to get the littman classic SE i think is what its called.
  6. Visit  julz68 profile page
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    Quote from Katieerin
    I have researched this but have no first hand ecperience. I am going to get the littman classic SE i think is what its called.
    That's the one I was thinking about getting also. I think its the next one up from what I have. I thought Littmann was supposed to be the best, that's why I was surprised to find that I can't hear as well with my Littmann as my old Prestige one that I had as a CNA. Ugh.
  7. Visit  WeepingAngel profile page
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    I have a Littman Classic II and I love it. I also had a Lightweight which I keep as a spare.
  8. Visit  julz68 profile page
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    Quote from WeepingAngel
    I have a Littman Classic II and I love it. I also had a Lightweight which I keep as a spare.
    Can you hear better with the Classic II? Did you find the Lightweight one harder to hear with?
  9. Visit  Katieerin profile page
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    I have heard good things about prestige as well but more people prefer the littman. My school requires littman .
  10. Visit  FLICURN profile page
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    Each person seems to have a personal preference. I personally just got a Master Cardiology that I really like. However it is more on the pricey side. Go into one of the uniform stores with a friend and try out a few by listening on him/her. I was able to find much better prices online at places like Lydia's Uniforms and All Heart.com. I would not order it until you have tried it to see if you like it though. I would also advise getting the tubing in a recognizable color (ie uncommon) and getting it engraved because they tend to walk off.
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  11. Visit  julz68 profile page
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    Quote from FLICURN
    Each person seems to have a personal preference. I personally just got a Master Cardiology that I really like. However it is more on the pricey side. Go into one of the uniform stores with a friend and try out a few by listening on him/her. I was able to find much better prices online at places like Lydia's Uniforms and All Heart.com. I would not order it until you have tried it to see if you like it though. I would also advise getting the tubing in a recognizable color (ie uncommon) and getting it engraved because they tend to walk off.
    You're right, they do tend to walk off! Doctors are notorious for walking off with our stethoscopes at our hospital during rounds. Thanks for all the advice!
  12. Visit  turnforthenurseRN profile page
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    I did not like the Lightweight, very hard to hear with that scope. I used the Littmann Classic II SE during school and it was perfect.
  13. Visit  turnforthenurseRN profile page
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    Quote from julz68
    You're right, they do tend to walk off! Doctors are notorious for walking off with our stethoscopes at our hospital during rounds. Thanks for all the advice!
    Or get an ID tag for your stethoscope. But even with an engraving option/ID tag your scope still isn't safe lol. Your best bet is to not leave it lying around.
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  14. Visit  ScottE,RN profile page
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    The lightweight is a plastic piece of garbage. Get the Classic II SE or one of the other Littmann's.
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  15. Visit  julz68 profile page
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    Quote from ScottE,RN
    The lightweight is a plastic piece of garbage. Get the Classic II SE or one of the other Littmann's.
    I totally agree! I can hear better on the disposable ones for isolation rooms than on my Littmann Light Weight! Wonder why they even sell such a piece of crap when their name is so highly respected? I got the light weight one because it was included in our nursing package for school...


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