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Stethoscope tracker

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So far I've gotten 2 stethoscope stolen where I work in less then 2 years. One time I had it by the computer where I was charting went into a patient room to discharge and come back and it's stolen.

Second time I left it in the break room by my backpack and come back after lunch and it's stolen. Reported to security to check cameras but didn't spot anything. Every nurse has there own stethoscope so has to be people from outside fscilities who come in for these things. Not sure if this happens everywhere.

My question is im going to buy another stethoscope is there such thing as a tracking device like how our iPhones have when they get lost or stolen?

If not we should build an idea for this. Can't believe we work in an environment to use a stethoscope to do our jobs but people are willing to steal them.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 15 years experience.

Why do you leave your stethoscope unattended? Keeping it on your person at all times (they do have stethoscope holsters) is a completely free option for this.

Also, never assume that just because everyone at the facility has their own that it was someone from outside that took yours.

I've seen those holsters might be the only option nowadays. Just was curious if there was some type of find my stethoscope technology would be great.

xoemmylouox, ASN, RN

Has 13 years experience.

I would get the brightest most unique coloring of tubing you can find. That might or might not deter the next theft. I do my best to never put mine down.

Tom's guide usually has pretty fair reviews, But if someone removes it your are no better off. Best Key Finder 217 - Tracking Devices for Lost Things

Just make your stethoscope unique enough that you can recognize it, like having it engraved with your name. Engraving and a Logo is $15 combined or engraving UltraScope® Stethoscopes >> Superior Acoustics Even in Noisy Environments

Mine qualifies to be on "Pimp my Scope"

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If you don't keep it around your neck, you are just as likely not to put it in the belt holder. I have the ADC belt holder because this one is heavy with the inline amplifier

Interesting I will take a look at that. Yeah both had my name engraved on it.

canoehead, BSN, RN

Specializes in ER. Has 30 years experience.

You can get "Tiles" from the apple store. My neck/head aches if I keep it on there for more than a couple hours.

One of our docs walked in with about twenty stethoscopes he had kept in his car, and donated them to the unit. He works in a lot of different facilities, so had a collection. He didn't think it was at all inappropriate to just throw the one he had in the back, and return a pile of scopes when he thought of it next.

Find Your Keys, Wallet & Phone with Tile’s App Bluetooth Tracker Device | Tile

Julius Seizure

Specializes in Pediatric Critical Care.

One of our docs walked in with about twenty stethoscopes he had kept in his car, and donated them to the unit. He works in a lot of different facilities, so had a collection. He didn't think it was at all inappropriate to just throw the one he had in the back, and return a pile of scopes when he thought of it next.

....did he not realize those actually belonged to individuals, not the hospital?

Party_of_five, BSN

Specializes in ED. Has 2 years experience.

You can get Tile, which is a GPS tracker than you could attach and then locate it with your phone. I bought my grandmother the small one for her keys. The thief could just remove it though.

Emergent, RN

Has 27 years experience.

My solution is to always wear cargo pants. I keep mine in one of the large pockets, works great!

Ruby Vee, BSN

Specializes in CCU, SICU, CVSICU, Precepting & Teaching. Has 40 years experience.

So far I've gotten 2 stethoscope stolen where I work in less then 2 years. One time I had it by the computer where I was charting went into a patient room to discharge and come back and it's stolen.

Second time I left it in the break room by my backpack and come back after lunch and it's stolen. Reported to security to check cameras but didn't spot anything. Every nurse has there own stethoscope so has to be people from outside fscilities who come in for these things. Not sure if this happens everywhere.

My question is im going to buy another stethoscope is there such thing as a tracking device like how our iPhones have when they get lost or stolen?

If not we should build an idea for this. Can't believe we work in an environment to use a stethoscope to do our jobs but people are willing to steal them.

Stethescopes often grow legs and walk away . . . but losing one a year is expensive! Don't just lie them down NEXT to your backpack -- put them IN your backpack. Usually, the culprit has "MD" after their name. I'm not sure why this is so, only that it is. I've seen physicians with drawers full of them, all labeled with the name of some poor nurse and even conveniently labeled with the unit. Lest he forget where "Leonard_huh" works.

Some obnoxious, florescent color works, your name engraved somewhere on it and attach "The Tile." If it's not in your ears or on your person, it belongs in your bag. And don't EVER lend it to anyone, even your spouse. (My spouse managed to lose both his and mine in one 24 hour period.)

Some of the tiles have a geofence feature where if you r phone gets too far from the tile, the tile, probably phone too, sounds an alarm. would be funny to see a doc walking off with it and having the alarm go off....

prmenrs, RN

Specializes in NICU, Infection Control. Has 42 years experience.

I put a tag on mine that read, "If you steal this stethoscope, your loins will go numb". No one wanted it!

Nurse_

Specializes in Trauma | Surgical ICU. Has 7 years experience.

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Not mine but if you really want a tracker on your stethoscope then a tile tracker might be the best option.