Quick Answer: How Long Will A Stethoscope Last?

What is the best quality stethoscope?

If you’re serious about getting the best stethoscope, this is the #1 choice.Littmann 6152 Cardiology IV Stethoscope.

ADC Adscope 600 Platinum.

Littmann Master Cardiology Stethoscope.

MDF Acoustica Deluxe Lightweight Stethoscope.

Littmann Classic III Stethoscope.

Omron Sprague Rappaport Stethoscope.More items…•.

How do you know if a stethoscope is good?

10 Important Features to Look for in a StethoscopeHigh-Quality Acoustics.Good Fit for Medical Specialty.Tunable Chest Pieces.Easy to Clean.Flexible Diaphragm.Durable Materials.Comfort and Ease of Use.Versatility.More items…•

How often do you change stethoscope?

every 2 yearsMost manufacturers recommend replacing your stethoscope every 2 years, but as one user on allnurses.com forum so eloquently puts it, “It would be in a company’s interest to have us all buying new equipment every 2 years.”

How long is a normal stethoscope?

27 inchesStethoscope Tubing and Length Stethoscopes come in a variety of sizes, usually between 22 and 31 inches (55-80 cm); the most common length you will find is 27 inches (70 cm). For some clinicians, length doesn’t matter, but keep in mind that the shorter the stethoscope, the closer to the patient you are.

Why is Littmann stethoscope expensive?

So, what causes my Cardiology IV to be so much more expensive than that Dynarex? Littmann is a NAME. Everyone wants a Littmann as they tend to be makers of very fine steths. … (Short answer to that: sounds are at different frequencies, each side normally only “hears” one range, while Littmann’s can hear the full range.)

Is it bad to leave your stethoscope in car?

Avoid leaving your scope in extreme heat or cold for extended periods of time, or exposing them to solvents or oils that might damage the tubing and chestpiece.

How much is a good stethoscope?

Acoustic stethoscopes, which allow the user to hear inside the chest wall but do not amplify the sound, cost between $5 and $160. The Omron Sprague Rappaport stethoscope costs about $20. This stethoscope was named a best buy by For Us Docs[2] magazine. The Littmann Cardiology III[3] costs $160.

How do you disinfect a stethoscope?

General cleaning tips If your stethoscope needs to be disinfected, wipe with a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution. Do not use hand sanitizer as a cleaning agent as there are additives that may damage parts of the stethoscope. Do not immerse your stethoscope in any liquid, or subject it to any sterilization process.

Are Littmann stethoscopes worth it?

Stethoscopes aren’t like ophthalmoscopes; you really need to have your own, and it is absolutely worth it to have one that works well. … From first hand experience, there really is a difference between cheap and expensive stethoscopes, period (even to some extent within the Littmann line of products).

Why can’t I hear anything with my stethoscope?

There are a number of possible causes for poor sound quality or lack of sounds being heard through your Stethoscope. HeadSet Alignment. Wearing the headset with the ear-tips inserted the wrong way will result in poor sound quality. …

How often should a stethoscope be cleaned?

Just as we wash hands between each patient, clinicians should disinfect their stethoscopes after every patient assessment with a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe1 to help reduce the risk of patient-to-patient cross contamination.

When should I buy a stethoscope?

When should you buy a stethoscope? Some nurses consider buying a cheap stethoscope for nursing school, and then purchasing a nice one when they become a nurse, but we advise buying a good quality one before nursing school, that way you are hearing the sounds properly as you learn.

Does Littman have a lifetime warranty?

If a material or manufacturing defect occurs during the warranty period, we will repair your Littmann stethoscope free of charge, except in cases of obvious abuse or accidental damage. Has the warranty expired? No worries.

What do you listen to with the bell of a stethoscope?

The bell is best for detecting lower pitch sounds, like some heart murmurs, and some bowel sounds. It is used for the detection of bruits, and for heart sounds (for a cardiac exam, you should listen with the diaphragm, and repeat with the bell).

How do I keep my stethoscope from cracking?

To prevent the tubing from cracking and drying, clean the tubing monthly with a vinyl protectant such as Armor-All. NEVER immerse your stethoscope in any kind of liquid or subject it to any sterilization process or else it will be ruined. Keep your stethoscope away from extreme heat, cold, solvents and oils.

How should you store a stethoscope?

Store your stethoscope away from direct sunlight as continuous exposure will harden its tubing. Do not place/keep your stethoscope near solvents and oils. Do not place heavy objects on your stethoscope as it could excessively warp or bend. Do not store it tightly folded in pockets.

Why are there two sides to a stethoscope?

The stem connects the stethoscope tubing to the chestpiece. On Littmann stethoscopes with two-sided chestpieces, there can only be one acoustic path from the diaphragm to the eartips. Rotating the two-sided chestpiece on the stem selects or “indexes” which diaphragm is open to the acoustic path.

Are double tube stethoscope better?

Double lumen stethoscopes are more sensitive than single lumen stethoscopes because they provide an individual sound channel to each ear. This allows you to hear the subtle characteristics of heart sounds and murmurs more distinctly.