View Full Version : What stethoscope do you have?


Jess
09-18-2007, 04:54 PM
Since I've been on Nursing Voices, I've been staring at that stethoscope image at the top. :D

So my question is, what stethoscope do you have? Do you have stethoscope covers too?

I own a 3M Littmann Classic II S.E. I don't have any stethoscope covers or anything and I'm not really planning to get a stethoscope cover in the near future. I do have a little bag to hold my stethoscope in when I'm not at clinical and it is super cute. ;)

jojodow
09-18-2007, 09:42 PM
I have a Littman...not sure what kind but I think it was one of the cheaper ones. It was a gift.

I'll never use anything else. I had a "Prestige" in nursing school and it was crap....could barely hear with those.

PixelRN
09-19-2007, 07:38 AM
I used to have a Littman but it walked away and I haven't replaced it. In the MICU (where I used to work) we always had to use the crappy disposable steths b/c everyone was on isolation.

Thanks for the reminder, though. I will need one for my new job next week!

Jess
09-19-2007, 11:22 AM
That was what a lot of my professors told me, that a stethoscope will "walk away" and to always have it. However, I have seen stethoscopes lying around here and there on the units I've been on, so it is kind of weird.

PixelRN
09-19-2007, 11:29 AM
A lot of people spend the extra money to get them personalized. In retrospect I think this would have been worth it. I've personally gone through 2 Littmans in 2 years and I didn't personalize either of them.

KimRN
09-20-2007, 05:20 AM
That was what a lot of my professors told me, that a stethoscope will "walk away" and to always have it. However, I have seen stethoscopes lying around here and there on the units I've been on, so it is kind of weird.

To show you how long I've been a nurse, back in 1979 we were told that buying a pink stethoscope would keep it safe because no doctor would walk off with a PINK one around HIS neck.

I now use the Littman Cardiology II (I think). It's one step down from the Cardiology III. It works great - paid about $175 for it and I treat it like it is solid gold. I wanted one with the amplifier in it (too many rock concerts = decreased ability to hear rales) but it was about $600 dollars. I'm sure for that price it would develop it's own legs and walk off.

PixelRN
09-20-2007, 08:39 AM
To show you how long I've been a nurse, back in 1979 we were told that buying a pink stethoscope would keep it safe because no doctor would walk off with a PINK one around HIS neck.


Kim, that is hilarious!!!

They should sell insurance policies for some of the more expensive steths.

geenaRN
09-20-2007, 12:03 PM
I bought one off of Amazon a few years ago (I can't even remember what it was - probably a Littman) and it was the prettiest light blue. I called it "the pretty lady." :)

I managed to hang on to that thing for quite awhile until I recently went back to work. I managed to leave it on the unit one day after I went home and haven't seen it since.

I should have personalized it I guess.

I told the flex nurse to keep an eye out for it :crutches:

Marachne
09-20-2007, 05:46 PM
I have a Littman Master Classic II. I like the single bell. I started out with the Classic II with the dual bell, which, as a learner was easier to use, but I found that I get much better sound quality with the Master.

And I use a cover--it's better than having that latex against your skin and it serves to identify it.

MyOwnWoman
09-21-2007, 08:08 PM
I just purchased and haven't received it yet the Littmann Model 3000 Eletronic Stethescope. It is suppose to filter out extrenuous noises and focus on the noise inside the chest. I'm hoping it's good and I can hear more efficiently the sounds of the heart and lungs. I had it engraved.

I RARELY lend my stethescopes out to the doctors who can't seem to buy their own. I simply tell them I have a raging ear infection or I'm prone to ear infection (both of which are lies.) I'm going straight to hell, I just know it.:party:

jojodow
09-21-2007, 11:23 PM
I now use the Littman Cardiology II (I think). It's one step down from the Cardiology III. It works great - paid about $175 for it and I treat it like it is solid gold. I wanted one with the amplifier in it (too many rock concerts = decreased ability to hear rales) but it was about $600 dollars. I'm sure for that price it would develop it's own legs and walk off.

Kim, For that price it should have it's very own alarm system!

I keep mine in my drawer at my desk. I only take it own when I do Treatments and then it stays on my neck until I'm back to my desk.

It has my name on a taggy thingie on it, maybe that's why it never walked away at the hospital.
I keep my crappy prestige in my car.....you know...in case I need it. (Just had an idea for a new thread!) ;)

PICURN
09-24-2007, 02:39 AM
I have a cardiology III. I work in a PICU and lots of time our patients are not moving a lot of air, or have murmurs, so it is great.

MyOwnWoman
09-24-2007, 08:30 PM
I received my Littman Model 3000 Electronic Stethescope just the other day. I've been playing with it at home and I simply love it. It's light weight, I can increase the sounds with a touch of a button and it filters out about 75% of room noise, which at my age seems to make a difference. It's not real short like the older Littman's were and YES, I did get it engraved.

It works on a single AAA batter and shuts off after 3 minutes when you are not messing around with it. I can also shut it off manually as well. I can go from the diaphram to the bell without turning the stethescope over or pressing harder against the chest.

I really like it.

When I get back to work and start to use it for real, I'll give you the downside to it too.

Jess
09-24-2007, 08:36 PM
Wow MyOwnWoman! That is so neat, I've never heard of an electronic stethoscope before! I didn't even know they existed! :D

"Single AAA battery provides up to 200 hours (approximately 6 months) of use." Now that is high-tech. A stethoscope with a battery? Very cool.

P/J
09-25-2007, 12:58 AM
This is turning into a sale forum for Littmann® Stethoscope. I personally have a SPRAGUE DX™. It wasn't too expensive US$19.98 and I have had no trouble hearing through it. People have had the ultra sound, clear sound and other Littmann (not cardiology II, III) and have had real trouble using them.

Mine has my name written on the tubes (Royal Blue) and it is also tagged with a stethoscope tag.

Jess
09-25-2007, 05:27 PM
Haha, P/J. I have to admit that a lot of people do use the Littmann Stethoscopes, but that's what kind was sold to nursing students here. I'm pretty sure if it was another brand, we all would have that brand, but we all bought the Littmann Stethoscope. Mine is black and does have a tag and my name on it.

KimRN
12-28-2007, 02:36 PM
Well, I got my electronic Littmann!!!!!

Actually, it runs on ONE AA battery. Best investment I have ever made.

I paid about $260 for it and the clarity is unbelievable.

However, if you are planning on getting one I do have one bit of advice:

Do NOT turn it up all the way the first time you use it!

Like Spinal Tap, I tried to "turn it up to eleven" (or 18 as the case may be). My daughter coughed and nearly blew my eardrums into my cerebellum. I find that "four" is a good level for me.

Trust me, you will hear rales and bowel sounds - nothing can hide!!!

DisappearingJohn
12-28-2007, 03:05 PM
I have loved my Littman Classic II since nursing school (everyone wanted to borrow it, and soon started buying their own). It was so much clearer than the other types I tried....

Of course, now I am sitting here wanting an electronic one... thanks a lot you guys!!!

geenaRN
12-28-2007, 10:32 PM
Yeah, really!

One of the docs always has a fancy electronic one around his neck; I'm always tempted to ask him if I can try it.

MyOwnWoman
12-31-2007, 03:41 PM
Okay Kim...here is the question.... have you tried listening to breath sounds over a gown with your electronic stethescope? When I attempted it, (which isn't a good practice to all you new nurses out there, an assessment needs to be done on bare skin), all I could hear is the ruffling of the fabric. I kind of grinned because I knew I shouldn't be doing it that way in the first place! :blush:

TheBean
01-02-2008, 01:08 PM
I have a Littman Master Cardiology stethoscope. The vets I used to work for bought it for me when I was accepted into nursing school. I love it! I heard a grade 1 murmur on my cat before anyone else could. But I probably would never have bought one for myself, since I was pretty content with most stethoscopes I used in the past.

KimRN
01-03-2008, 01:48 PM
Okay Kim...here is the question.... have you tried listening to breath sounds over a gown with your electronic stethescope? When I attempted it, (which isn't a good practice to all you new nurses out there, an assessment needs to be done on bare skin), all I could hear is the ruffling of the fabric. I kind of grinned because I knew I shouldn't be doing it that way in the first place! :blush:

Ay, there's the rub - no pun intended! :whistle: While it is fantastic on obliterating outside noise while you listen, if you listen over fabric, you hear the fabric! Definitely!