I will be purchasing a stethoscope next week for my venture in the ED as a tech. I have noticed in catalogs there are a huge assortments of styles, manufactures, colors, tube lengths, tube single/double, etc. What is possibly going to be a good first time purchase for a "kid" like myself?
Thanks in advance,
Apr 11, '03
The Littman II SE is a good basic model stethescope...Littman is the "gold standard" of stethescopes though, so if you get one...NEVER leave it unattended or it will grow legs and walk away.
Apr 12, '03
I agree, I have a Littman. Funny how they suddenly come to life when you take your eyes off them, eh?
Apr 13, '03
I have a Littman Master Classic II, and got it for a steal at http://www.allheart.com/2144-47.html
I love it.
Apr 13, '03
I've heard it is each individual's preference about single or double tubes. I bought a cheap double tubed one, and hated it. I also now have a littman. the 40 dollar one.
Apr 14, '03
I use a Littman Master Cardiology.......LOVE IT!!!!
Apr 15, '03
I agree that Lippman is the best... HOWEVER...you might want to buy that for school only. From personal experience as both a tech and an ER nurse a cheap stethoscope will work just as well for what you will be using it for as an ERT, and it won't hurt the pocketbook so much when they disappear (which they will). You won't be listening for different heart sounds etc and will be so busy that you'll be lucky if you know when your head is, let alone a stethoscope. So save your money for a good scope for school and buy a cheap one for now.
Apr 16, '03
Thank you all for your replies. I was given a steth by a doc recently as a gift. I have not seen this item in any of the catalogs. It is gold with black double tubes and has the name "grafco" imprinted in the bell area. Anybody heard of this one?
Apr 29, '03
Great comeback and advice. I love your sense of humor! :chuckle
May 12, '03
Littman Cardiology II S.E. Worth every penny I spent on it after years of using the 20 dollar jobbies. But I agree....mark it well and don't take your eyes off it for a minute. I think it was sweet of the Doc to give you a stetty as a gift. Never heard of the brand though. But I agree till you get out of school....use the 20 dollar jobbies...not so painful when it walks away. Good luck
May 15, '03
I use a cheapie, since I've lost too many over the years. Others have complained that the double tube ones rubbed together and made too much extra noise, but I've never had that problem.
At Petco you can get dog tags engraved with anything you want, so my bandage scissors and my scope are now "licensed". Won't help if someone is out to actually steal it, but my stuff comes back a whole lot better now when I loan it out.
May 15, '03
I have a Littman too...absolutely love it!! To help avoid mine from walking away is..ordered pet tags and placed them on my steth w/ some JB weld....I have tried to pry it off myself..for a test... my name tag isn't going anywhere!!!
May 15, '03
I use a prestige medical. It's a double tube inside a single tube, so that the tubes can not rub together. It works great and is cheap too it's one of the $20 stethoscopes. Being the only nurse in my building I don't really have to worry about it walking away, but before coming here I always kept mine around my neck or in my pocket.
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