Best Stethoscope for Cardiac Nursing

  1. Hello, and Good morning to all. I originally posted this under the "nursing stethoscope" forum but I received no replies. Later this month, I will be interviewing for a position on a Cardiac Stepdown unit where I completed my acute care preceptorship last fall. I would like some opinions regarding the best stethoscope for cardiac nurses. I've heard that Littman's are great, however, there are so many stethoscopes produced by littman (Master Cardiology, Cardiology STC, Lightweight Classic II, etc), I don't know which one to choose. What do you use or suggest I use?

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  3. by   nursej22
    I have had my Littmann Master Cardiology for 8 years. It's a little heavier than some and doesn't fold up into a pocket well, but the earpieces are comfy and sounds are extremely clear.
    Last edit by nursej22 on Mar 7, '10 : Reason: unclear wording
  4. by   tigerlily345
    Thank you for responding.
  5. by   kcicc
  6. by   gjerstp
    When I went to school the whole class bought Littman Cardiology Master stethoscopes (solicited group pricing). Then soon after, I traded mine in for a Doctors' Research Group cardiology stethoscope. They cost in the $200 range, but the difference in quality of sound is really tremendous. And you can buy stethoscopes at, or even amazon or ebay and get a better price. It's worth investing in a good piece opf equipment.
  7. by   ghillbert
    SE II is fine for most nurses.

    I now have a DRG stethoscope which is nice and light, changeable rubber diaphragm covers.
  8. by   franciscangypsy
    I have a Littmann Master Cardiology. I love it. Soooo comfortable. And I hear heart and lung sounds better than I ever have with other stethoscopes I've used.
  9. by   tigerlily345
    Thanks for the replies everyone
  10. by   lkwashington
    Thank you all also.
  11. by   EmilyCCRN
    The Littman Master Cardiology stethoscope is the best one I have ever used. My husband bought mine for me as a Christmas gift when I was still in nursing school, and I still love it! Incidentally, almost all of my cardiologist colleagues use the Master Cardiology stethoscope, but mine is better because it's purple.
  12. by   JustinTJ
    I use the Littman Cardiology III. I wanted a traditional bell and diaphram. It came in handy during peds rotation. However, a lot of the nurses on my floor use really craptastic scopes.

    Earlier this week, we had a patient return from surgery with a NG tube. My preceptor couldn't hear the air when checking placement. She couldn't hear bowel sounds either. I used mine and heard the air and hypoactive bowel sounds. Gave my scope to her to make sure I was correct, and she confirmed it.

    Get a good scope, because you need to be able to hear what's going on clearly and without worrying about missing something important.
  13. by   StayLost
    Master Cardiology here.. when the docs round they always ask to use my stethoscope. In fact, I am so used to the acoustics that it's hard to hear out of other nurses stethoscopes.
  14. by   anonymurse
    Got this Allheart acoustic cardio scope ($15 on sale) waiting for my Thinklabs to come back from repairs. Heavy. Works well.

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