22 inch Littmann?

  1. I am going to be getting a new stethoscope (a Littmann, either the Master Cardiology or the Cardiology STC). Right now I have a 27" Littman Master Classic II.

    Does anyone have a 22 inch Littmann? How do you like the length?

    I'm thinking that it will fit in my pocket better and be sized more appropriate for my body (5'2" here). But does the 5 inches make you have to stoop/get in the pt's face?

    What is your opinion/experience?

    Last edit by goodknight on Nov 26, '06 : Reason: Forgot something.....
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  3. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    I found that i had to bend over more when i'd borrowed someone else's Master Cardiology, but i'm also 5'10".
  4. by   Jay-Jay
    My Littman scope came with a 22 inch tubing. I had to replace it, because I had to tilt my neck at an awkward angle to read the blood pressure guage on the wall, when working in the hospital.
  5. by   CVICURN2003
    To close to my personal space for me. I find myself really close to their bodies, ...too close for me anyway. 27 inch Cardiology III here...
  6. by   RazorbackRN
    The hospital I work at supplies us with the 22in. Littman. It is SO inconvenient. The tubing is way too short. Depending on the size of the patient, I've had to switch sides of the bed just to be able to auscultate the opposite side of the abdomen. I'm 5'8, so a bit taller, but even the shorter people complain about them.

    Needless to say, I use my personal steth--27in Littman.
  7. by   goodknight
    I think that unanimously answers the question!

    One last thing,

    Is there a difference in the Master Cardiology and the STC other than those little grips on the head?