Stethoscope/clinical supplies

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FlyingScot

FlyingScot, RN

Specializes in Peds/Neo CCT,Flight, ER, Hem/Onc. Has 28 years experience. 2,016 Posts

You know that they have covers for them, right? They're slinky fabric things. I don't bother with that though. My stethoscope goes around my neck. Has for two years now. No damage yet to my Master Cardiology. Is still fabulous.

In school, I had a Littmann Classic II, which I also wore around my neck for two years. No damage to .

Many hospitals have banned the covers,as well, as an infection risk. Regardless of your experience so far wearing it around your neck will damage the tubing and cause you to have to repair or purchase a new one prematurely.

I've been around for a bit longer than you and have seen this happen repeatedly including to myself.

vintagemother

vintagemother, ADN, CNA, LVN, RN

Specializes in Med-Surg, Psych, Geri, LTC, Tele. 2,711 Posts

For steth holsters, I found the batclip is my personal favorite. Got mine in Spring 2012, a bit faded now, but man alive I love that little thing!

Amazon.com: The BATCLIP: Health & Personal Care

Can u explain how this attaches to scrubs?! Pretty please?! My thighs don't like it when I put scopes in my pocket! 😂😂

NICUmiiki, DNP, NP

Specializes in Neonatal Nurse Practitioner. Has 7 years experience. 1,770 Posts

Can u explain how this attaches to scrubs?! Pretty please?! My thighs don't like it when I put scopes in my pocket! 😂😂

Same concept...

I always stuffed it in my jacket or top pocket.

FLCrackerPN

FLCrackerPN

18 Posts

Littmann all the way!!!

Throughout school in the 2010s I used my dad's Littmann from when we went to med school!! In the 80s!! At 30 years old, that scope still sounds better than a lot of my friends' junky $20 scopes. To be fair, my dad went into a specialty where he never touched his scope after residency. But still. If that isn't quality and value, then I don't know what is. Now I use an itty-bitty neonatal Littmann.

Sorry to shout, but I just get so excited to spread the Littmann gospel!

Also, I love my White Coat Clipboard. Pricey, but an amazing reference for a new nurse, and folds up to fit in your scrub pocket. :D

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All through LPN school I carried a cold, clunky, awkward metal clipboard and was dreading having to do the same in August when I start the RN program, and then I came across this post. I had not heard of these before now and I was so smitten with the idea of a truly portable clipboard that I immediately went and ordered one of these things. Can't wait til it comes in!! Thanks for sharing!!

akulahawkRN, ADN, RN, EMT-P

Specializes in Emergency Department. Has 7 years experience. 3,488 Posts

My stethoscope advice is very simple: Get one that runs between about $30 and $70, almost regardless of brand, and you should have a stethoscope that will perform far better than any $4-$12 cheapy steth. Those low-cost units are generally the ones you will find as "disposable" steths that you'll use only with a single patient due to infection control reasons... or for school use because they're very cheap. Within the price range I provided, your stethoscope should also be able to perform well enough that you can continue learning and using it well into your first years as a nurse.

My own two primary-use steths are a Littmann Cardiology III and a Littmann Lite (discontinued model). They both work very well. My preferred of the two is the Cardiology III. I've had that one for a little over a dozen years and it's still very good. I got it a long time ago, before I got into nursing as a gift to myself for earning my Paramedic License. I wouldn't recommend it to a student or perhaps even to a brand-new nurse due to the cost, but it's an excellent stethoscope. Just don't buy a stethoscope that you can't afford to easily replace should it get lost or stolen.

ahmon

ahmon

8 Posts

1. Littmann Lightweight II SE in school and now have Cardiology III. Fits well in the scrub pants side pocket.

2. digital watch (less than $20) with velcro straps showing large numbers both date and time in 24 hour mode as I work overnight.

3. uniball 207 retractable fine point pens. purchase by the dozen pack

TheNatural_Nurse, LPN

Specializes in LTC, Med Surg, Renal Care. Has 6 years experience. 203 Posts

I have a Littmann Select and I love it!

Awesomocity0

Awesomocity0

Specializes in Gastroenterology, PACU. 100 Posts

Many hospitals have banned the covers,as well, as an infection risk. Regardless of your experience so far wearing it around your neck will damage the tubing and cause you to have to repair or purchase a new one prematurely.

I've been around for a bit longer than you and have seen this happen repeatedly including to myself.

Infection control is a good point. You're right in that a good chunk of hospitals have started bands. I have a couple of questions for you then otherwise.

1) How long did it take for them to be damaged? My Littmann came with a six year warranty that covers wear and an extended warranty that covers lower cost replacement tubing.

2) How often do you clean the tubing? I talked to our Littmann rep, who said that if you clean off the oils, there should be virtually no damage, but that most people are bad about it and only clean the parts that touch the patient.

FlyingScot

FlyingScot, RN

Specializes in Peds/Neo CCT,Flight, ER, Hem/Onc. Has 28 years experience. 2,016 Posts

I cleaned mine between every patient, included the tubing, and it lasted just long enough for the warranty to expire. It wouldn't have mattered because at the time the warranty did not cover replacing the tubing for becoming stiff. They considered it normal wear and tear and they also specifically stated the scope should not be worn around your neck. It was frustrating because had I known I wouldn't have done it. It was a very expensive mistake.

Anybody want a neck shaped stethoscope? Hee hee!

Wifeoffireman

Wifeoffireman

201 Posts

I have the Littman Classic II SE, and love it.

I have the Classic II SE also, and I plan on using it until it falls apart! You can't go wrong with Littman!