Published Dec 17, 2004
Hello. I am starting nursing school in a couple weeks, and I need to get a stethoscope. I have read every post on here regarding them, and have narrowed my selection down.
I either want the DRG Puretone Cardiology, or the Puretone Traditional.
The price of the cardio one is $95, and the traditional is $70.
Which one should I get? Is it worth the extra $25 to get the Cardio one, or will the Traditional be good enough. I know they will both work fine, but I am picky, and like to get quality tools. I want the Cardio one, but I am trying to justify the extra $25. The Cardio one is a dual lumen, and the traditional is a single luman. That seems to be the only big difference.
I would like to hear any thoughts or ideas on these stethoscopes by anyone on here that owns them. thanks.
Well jeez, I know this question is low on the totem pole of importance, but I had hoped that my specificaly phrased title question would catch the eye of anyone on here that happened to use one of these. I guess it isn't a very popular stethoscope. That should help me keep track of it at least. :)
I'm trying to find out the same answer by reading all the posts (haven't found the answer yet, hee-hee :) I'm still deciding between the Ultrascope & DRG because my Littman II is not very good acoustically for me, though many people have a great experience with it. Good Luck with finding your answer.
I bought a cardiology puretone a couple of months ago. It is the BEST one I have ever had. I have a hard time hearing heart sounds good. The first time I used mine, the patient had a murmer that I didn't even know was in her history and I heard it. (I had never been able to hear murmers). I just can't say enough about it. The breath sounds are amazing as well. The ear tips are wonderful, and the tubing blocks out external sounds. A classmate of mine has the regular and she is happy but I wanted to pay a little more and get the best. Amazing.
Thanks for your response, it was very helpful. It seems so many people really like Littman so it's hard to find others who have tried other scopes. I'm looking forward to hearing things clearer (the assessment of lung & heart sounds is so important, especially when diagnosing murmurs or other extra heart sounds that are not yet on record).
I bought a DRG Pure Tone off of eBay recently. The ear tips are nice and the ENR reduces a lot of extraneous noises. Auscultations are very clear, but the LOUDNESS is lacking. It's weird - I can hear what I need to hear over extraneous noises, I just wish it were a bit louder. HOWEVER, my scopes that are louder let in a lot of extraneous noises, so I have to concentrate harder on cardiac and lung sounds. Regardless, I like the DRG scope, but I only use the hard diaphragms; the soft ones are sort of weird, and I don't feel like replacing the diaphragm every week.
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