Littman vs. Ultrascope vs. others


  • Specializes in ER, CVICU, Rapid Response. Has 9 years experience.

I started working on CVICU several months ago and have had two Littman Master Cardiology steth's stolen. :mad: I am looking to get a cheaper model in a crazy color that hopefully won't have the same fate. I have heard about some non-branded, cheaper steths that are amazing, as well as the ultrascope and maxiscope. For my area of practice (CVICU), does anyone have any cost-effective recommendations? Thanks!


54 Posts

Specializes in ICU.

Don't put your stethoscope down?


3 Posts

I just bought a Kila, single-head cardiology scope. I think it works very well. Extremely comparable to Littman Master Cardiology for less than a third of the price.


18 Posts

I have a Maxiscope in Bright Orange and a Cardiologist III. I find myself using the Maxiscope more often, I can hear just as well and it is much lighter around my neck.

Specializes in ms, neuro, critical care, rehab.

Keep scope around neck, if lent out stay by their side. Have name engraved in it.


1,097 Posts

Specializes in ICU.

Yeah, keep in in your pocket or something. Actually, those cheapie isolation scopes hear pretty well. Good in a pinch.


74 Posts

Specializes in Telemetry, ICU.

I did quite a bit or research before getting a replacement for the $18 one that got me through school and the first six months of my practice. I ended up getting an ADC (American Diagnostic Corporation) Adscope Platinum Cardiology model off for around $90. It's reviews compare very favorably to the Cardiology III, and everyone I've lent it to actaully seems to prefer it...


259 Posts

Has 4 years experience.

I love my Ultrascope. I hear better with it than with my Littman Light (I think that is what it is...$79 or so). My only gripe is that it is heavy around my neck. But I have my name in the design of the bell so it doesn't go far. That and it is bright pink with dog paws so not many people want it.