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Ultrascope steth?? Anyone?

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by KEL2BanRN KEL2BanRN (Member)

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does anyone have experience using an ultrascope stethoscope? i just had a friend highly recommend one, but i'd like more opinions. i don't have a store anywhere nearby to try them out before i order one, or i'd do that. i love word of mouth experience anyway. so, what do you think? as good as a littman classic ii? better? worse? thanks for any advice!! :heartbeat

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rehab nurse specializes in rehab; med/surg; l&d; peds/home care.

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hi there...

i used the ultrascope for around a year before having to stop practicing due to cancer. i loved my ultrascope...i had a litmann cardiology III before this, and they are of the same quality to me. I give the ultrascope higher points for being able to hear in a noisy room, or being able to hear through clothing (yes, i know that's not standard, but sometimes you need to check quick) if need be. You can hear low and high frequency sounds very clearly and I also liked having a "different" looking stethoscope (mine is a hot pink w/ stick figure nurse on the head)...

I hope this helps you. If you PM me, I'll tell you where I ordered mine from.

ETA: just forgot to answer your question...yes, much better than the classic II litmann, IMO. i have a slight hearing deficit on the right, and the ultrascope was excellent. i have had just about every litmann in my years of practice, and like i said, the ultrascope is right up there with the litmann cardiology III and master cardiology, IMO.

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I don't know about quality as I haven't actually used mine on a pt. yet, but I got one as a gift and it is really cute. I am hoping you will get good feedback about the ultrascope so that I'll feel confident that it is a good one to have.

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Jilaweez - I've spent several hours reading people's thoughts of the ultrascope, and honestly, out of the hundreds of things I've read, I think I only saw 2-3 people who didn't like theirs. I hope to find a store that carries them so I can try one out. I really need to try before I spend this kind of money! What color and design did you get?

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My mom actually bought it for me as a b-day gift. She got me the purple tubing with the breast cancer ribbon head. The neonatal head is the stick figure nurse and it is really adorable. I love the way it looks, just hoping it'll be practical to work with.

Too bad you live so far, you could've tried mine out and let me know what you think. I hope you find one you love!

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Kitty Hawk has 5 years experience as a ADN, RN and specializes in hospice, ortho,clinical review.

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Hi

Just a word of caution. Make sure your school allows them. I too had my heart set on an ultrascope, I was able to try one out etc... But when I got my school packet of what we have to have, there's a diagram of the steth and it has to have the double bell, no exceptions. (I realize you can get an adult and peds one for ultrascope but I guess we're not allowed to be switching around)

I'm still hoping when I graduate and figure out where I want to be, I may get one then, for now I'm getting a Littman.

Good luck

Michele

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I had an ultrascope for 3 days and returned it due to the fact that the bell was hard to hold on to! If you are listening to a pt's chest and trying to maintain privacy it is very difficult! i bought a littman classic and love it because I can slide the bell between my fingers to hold on to! Peace

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LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE my ultrascope. I'd never go back to Littmann...I hear so much better with my hot pink breast cancer scope!

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