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Engraving a stethoscope

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by happymd2b, Jul 23, 2006.

  1. happymd2b

    happymd2b New Member 2+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    I already purchased a stethoscope but did not get it engraved. Where can I get it engraved? Or, should I just buy one of those name plates and attach it to my stethoscope? I just don't want someone to walk off with it. Also, do you think it's better to engrave it on the tube or on another portion of the stethoscope?

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  3. Captain Fantastic

    Captain Fantastic Physician 10+ Year Member

    Mar 28, 2005
    Mizzou Med
    A jeweler could engrave the bell for you. I've seen others with some sort of screen printing on the tube itself -- no idea where to do that, though.

    Really, engraving it won't keep it from walking off. It'll just encourage the thief to toss it in the trash once they realize it's engraved as to not be caught with it.

    I just hang the name plate on mine so it has the chance of getting back to me should a nice person come across it. What kind of stethoscope did you get?
  4. Chinorean

    Chinorean Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 21, 2005
    Whoah! Does that mean med professionals steal stethoscopes from each other? I can't imagine anyone else being able to use it or selling it on the black market...
  5. THP

    THP Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2005
    I have mine engraved on the bell and so I left in a patient's room and it found its way back to me because it was engraved. I'd like to thank that honest nurse.
  6. docmd2010

    docmd2010 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2005
    How much does it cost to get your name engraved?
  7. anon-y-mouse

    anon-y-mouse Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 14, 2005
    You should be able to contact a big supplier and have them do it for you... engraving is about $14-15 I think. I think the better option is to engrave the tube, but that's just me.

    Suggested sites:

    If you get one of those, make sure you get the coupon for a free kit from 3M Littmann! It includes a free hanging name badge thing for the stethoscope, a CD of heart sounds, and some other stuff.
  8. Keg

    Keg 10+ Year Member

    Jan 19, 2005
    Shaker Heights, OH
    Anyone have this coupon and want to scan it for those of us who aren't so lucky? I was given a Cardio III as a gift, and I didn't get this kit... but it sounds useful.
  9. glorytaker

    glorytaker 7+ Year Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    Sin City
    I got mine laser engraved so there is no actual dents in the metal.
  10. crys20

    crys20 make it happen! 5+ Year Member

    Sep 7, 2004
    mine was a gift and the gift-giver had it engraved on the stem part just before the tubing looks great and didn't hurt it at all, not sure where he had it done though.
  11. happymd2b

    happymd2b New Member 2+ Year Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    But is there anywhere I can take it to get engraved now that I already have one?
  12. sentrosi

    sentrosi INTARWEB USER 5+ Year Member

    Jun 28, 2004
    I feel like printing on the tubing doesn't work so well. I mean. It could rub off after a while since it's hanging from your neck. The tubing on mine has lost its shine in most places and seems a bit rubbed up.

    There are some very expensive steths out there.

    Any jeweler could probably do it. Not too hard to find probably.
  13. Evil Monkey

    Evil Monkey Disgruntled Primate 7+ Year Member

    Jul 22, 2004
    just get a name plate that you can snap on.
  14. Blue Dog

    Blue Dog Fides et ratio. Physician Gold Donor SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Many jewelers outsource their engraving. Trophy and award shops, however, typically do it in-house. You'll probably get a better deal going to one of those places.
  15. JohnDoeDDS

    JohnDoeDDS Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 25, 2004
    guys Im about to ge a littman and Im going to engrave it. How do you guys prefer yours engraved?

    First Name Last Name

    Im thinking "first name last name" M.D.

    Do you guys think its okay to put MD at the end?
  16. jbrice1639

    jbrice1639 Cub Fan, Bud Man 5+ Year Member

    Jun 15, 2005
    if you're an MD, yeah

    if not, definitely not a good idea.
  17. JohnDoeDDS

    JohnDoeDDS Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 25, 2004
    sorry guys. Actually its for my friend. Hes starting his 3rd year and I want to get him a present. So any recommends on engraving? Is it okay to write MD after his first and last name even though he is still in med school?
  18. Dr.McNinja

    Dr.McNinja Nobel War Prize Winner Moderator Physician Faculty 10+ Year Member

    Aug 2, 2006

    He can always get that added on after he finishes.
  19. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    That would probably be illegal.
  20. coldchemist

    coldchemist Biowulf 10+ Year Member

    Jan 3, 2003

    Your question has probably been answered...I'm just too lazy to look. I used to leave my computer and textbooks in our study carrels overnight all the time, and I was warned more times than I can count that my stuff would get stolen. My stuff never was disrupted, but there were plenty of people who had stuff stolen out of their mail boxes (for instance, someone borrows a book from a friend, and when the friend is done with it he leaves it in the owners mailbox. The owner checks the mailbox to find that the book is stolen. That happened an amazing number of times in first and second year. So, yeah, students will steal from each other. They would probably do a lot worse if they thought it would save them money or get them a better grade.
  21. kylek044

    kylek044 2+ Year Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    Ringwood, New Jersey

    cough will do it cheap if you mention that you were from SDN! Send them an e-mail at [email protected] :oops:) They are willing to do it via-snailmail if you want.
  22. LifetimeDoc

    LifetimeDoc EM Attending Physician 10+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2006
    Just write "Isolation Use Only --YourName" (on a piece of tape wrapped around the tubing or written on the tubing with permanent marker) on it and nobody will ever steal it. :lol:
    wickedskillz likes this.
  23. rmcusc

    rmcusc 7+ Year Member

    Oct 14, 2008
    Columbia, SC

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