what stethescope do you recommend

  1. CCU nurses,

    What stethescope are you using and would you recommend it? I am starting BSN school soon and will need one. The cheap ones hurt my ears and I am contemplating getting a mediocre one now ($50-70) or just bitting the bullet and getting a really nice one (lithman Cardio $150).

    Thanks for any input,
    lifeLONGstudent
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  3. by   Dixielee
    I have tried several options over the years and am convinced the Littman Cardiology 3 is the best for me. I hear things that I did not hear with my old stethescope. I have had my current one for about 3 years and the tubing is beginning to split in one spot ( I have this nifty tape job on it). My biggest complaint is that I have not been able to find a place to just order replacement tubing, but they sell the tubing and ear assembly as one preassembled set and you just replace your bell onto it. They are fairly pricy at about $70.

    If you do get a Littman, have your name engraved on the bell and label it every way you can and then never let it off your neck. They are hot items to steal. Yes, you may not think that your fellow students or others would stoop so low, but leave your scope laying around and see how fast that changes!

    Edited to add: Sorry, I didn't know this was for CCU nurses, I am just an ER nurse, so you may disregard any advice I may have given
  4. by   lifeLONGstudent
    Edited to add: Sorry, I didn't know this was for CCU nurses, I am just an ER nurse, so you may disregard any advice I may have given

    Thank you for the advice. I am asking anyone who would respond! I posted the question for CCU nurses because I was in their section.

    I am definately getting one with my name on it..... my hubby joked that if someone wanted to rob me to gladly give them my purse (worth all of about $5.99), but to hide my stethoscope! LOL

    Thanks for the input.
  5. by   lee1
    Tycos WelchAllyn Elite

    Have used this model for the past 35 years of critical care
    Holds up much better than Littman IMO

    http://www.allheart.com/ty507932xdh.html

    I have a green one with extra diaphragm and ear tips for pediatric use also
  6. by   lee1
    Tycos Harvey DLX w/free pediatric kit(Black)
    5079-325S

    Designed to accentuate the critically important high frequency sounds. Ten year warranty.
    Tycos Harvey Elite™ w/free pediatric kit(Black)
    5079-125S

    Sleek stainless steel chest piece with anti-chill rings. Ten year warranty.
    Tycos Professional Double Head(Black)
    5079-135


    High quality, single-lumen general diagnostic stethoscope. Five-year warranty.
    Master Elite Stethoscope
    5079-405S


    Featuring a revolutionary microelectronic design, allows you to hear more of the sounds you need to hear and less of the sounds you don’t.

    List Price:$201.25
    Student Price: $133.00
    Black (shown)
    Burgundy
    Navy
    Forest Green
  7. by   sleepless in norman
    I have been in healthcare since HS, I haveused a littman cardioscope since graduating from RN school, littman cardioscope II is excellant for respiratory auscultation and heart tones, it's exspensive but well worth the money, so it really depends on your area of specialty, my first one the tubing became hard and cracked, I shipped it back to littman and they sent it back to me with new tubing, at no charge, so they do honor their warrenty. Good Luck.
  8. by   Heartman
    Over twenty years ago a stethescope salesman told me " It's not the stethecope, it's what you have between the earpieces"

    One of those thoughts that has always stayed with me. Especially in July when you see all the shiney new scopes around the necks of the shiney new interns. :spin:

    Walt
  9. by   lifeLONGstudent
    " It's not the stethecope, it's what you have between the earpieces"


    that is a good quote.... I am just nervous ordering a relatively expensive piece of equipment that I cannot try on before buying... I want something comfortable and high quality, but without breaking the pigyg bank.
  10. by   Heartman
    Check out the Littmann II SE. Cost is $45 to $50. Available online from multiple venders.

    This is a quality scope for every thing you will probably need. Lung sounds, bowel sounds, carotid bruits etc.

    IMHO you only need an ultra sensative, re: expensive, scope if you want to listen to advanced heart sounds. And these days you can look at the echocardiogram to check out wall and valve function.

    In addition many pts. in isolation have a scope dedicated to their room and you won't be using your scope in that situation anyway.

    Walt
  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    Perhaps an inexpensive pair of soft ear peices would help. I say this because I hear as well with the double tube Sprague type as my Littman Cardioscope.
  12. by   heartnurse1
    Littman Cardio III I love mine!
  13. by   RNMOMTO4
    I love mine. I also bought my Cardio stethoscope while I was in school. During one of my rotations I had to follow an RT around for the shift. We would both listen to LS and then I would report to her what I had heard. After listening to one pt. I had heard crackles throughout and she said they were clear. She borrowed my stethoscope and could not believe it. I don't know if she bought a new stethoscope after that but I was definitely convinced and reassured that I was not missing anything.
    Quote from lifeLONGstudent
    CCU nurses,

    What stethescope are you using and would you recommend it? I am starting BSN school soon and will need one. The cheap ones hurt my ears and I am contemplating getting a mediocre one now ($50-70) or just bitting the bullet and getting a really nice one (lithman Cardio $150).

    Thanks for any input,
    lifeLONGstudent
  14. by   LindaMarie76
    I posted a relatively similiar question the other month after my stethoscope developed legs and ran away. I tried other peoples' stethoscopes for a month and finally decided on the 22 inch Master Cardiology (versus 27 inch).

    I love the 22 inch. It's wonderful. It also fits much nicer in my pocket and doesn't get caught in the bed rails when I am leaning over. AND I hear everything.

    Bought it on AllHeart.Com and got it personalized.

    Linda

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