Originally posted by 3rdShiftGuy
I use the cheapest there is. Our hospital provides disposables for isolation patients and those work fine for me. (But I'm neuro, not cardiology).
For some reason the expensive one's like Littman I can't hear a thing. I think it's those squishy earpieces that don't work in my ears.
Plus, there is a standing order at my hospital for my stethoscopes to disappear. I've lost probably about six stethoscopes.
Cheap all the way for me. They work fine.
This guy is a genius!
Look (this reply only applies to ER nurses),
As a seasnoned ER nurse (7 years), I feel that a cheap stethoscope is sufficient (though I miss my 60.00 Littman - a gift to myself upon passing my boards...it has since been lost)
My point? If you can't tell that a patient is in trouble without a 150.00 stethoscope, then, I want you nowhere near me in a critical situation!
Yea, I might better hear S1 and S2 w/ a Littman Cardio, but how does that change my bedside care IN THE ER? (This rant doesn't apply to tele, CVICU, and the like...ONLY ER!!!)
I hear breath sounds just fine w/ my 20.00 cheapie, but let's talk reality...most ER docs will do as they please, irrespective of our thoughts/assessments. And those (ER docs) that are our buds, know we won't send anyone home that doesn't yet belong there, and rely on our intuition, not a gallop or a crackle!