Scope Recommendations

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Before you get all weird on me, I mean stethoscope, not anything to probe yer rears ;)

I will be starting clinical in the fall and I don't want to struggle trying to find a 90yr old's pulse.

I hear the littman cardiology scopes are good.

Any recommendations?



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I have no problem hearing an elderly, weak, thready, irregular pulse with a Littman Lightweight (~$30 online.) It's the abnormal breath sounds that I have trouble with. I have a cheap $15 sprague rappaport for infants and peds, and even that works well. I'm not buying a better one until I graduate. I wouldn't spend the money until I was entering a specialty that required something like that.

manna, BSN, RN

2,038 Posts

I have a Littman II S.E. - works great, but I think that I'd have bought a cardio to begin with if I could go back and do it over. I also hear good things about the ultrascopes - I plan on getting one, eventually. :)


777 Posts

Thanks Manna, you rock!

Thanks fraggle.

manna, BSN, RN

2,038 Posts

No prob.

Welch Allyn also has some nice ones - but pricey!

Yes, I do so totally rock! :chuckle


355 Posts

The BEST scope I have found is called a Cardiocare. I ordered it on-line when I worked rescue I prefer it to the Littman Cardio III. It looks a little different but it has a dacron shield inside it that amplifies sound and reduces outside interference, one of the cardiologist tried mine one day and ordered ten for his office. It is a great scope and only cost about 30.00. I have had mine for six years and I would not want anyother kind. I can even get breath and heart sounds on a 850 gastric bypass pt. Two of our intensivist are now using them as well.


280 Posts

Specializes in Hey I'm now an RN!!.

Love my Littman master classic II, better than my master cardiology...go figure. Maybe it just needs to be refurbished. But I bought the MCII on Ebay $55.00, not too shabby for an $70-$80ish steth. And it was brand new, not a nick on it.


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Howdy! I will be graduating in 2 weeks- yeah!!!!!!!!! Anywho I am in the market for a new stethoscope. The two that look appealing for what they have to offer are: 3m littman master classic 2 or the littman 2 se. Does anyone know about these or have any suggestions? Thanks much!

Specializes in er, pediatric er.

I just bought a Littmann Cardiology III for graduation. I can hear good with it. The thing I like about it is it has one side that is pediatric and the other is adult. This is especially handy for me because I work in Peds Emergency, and one patient is an infant and the next is 17, so the dual sides is important!

I bouth mine from for $119 + shipping, which is the cheapest I have ever seen a new one.


102 Posts

Adscope 603, I can hear bruits better overall than w/ my Littman Master Classic II. It is also half the price.

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