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Praetorian said:Don't get it from the bookstore, they engage in price gouging.
I've purchased all of my stethoscopes from the same EMS supplier and have always be been pleased with their prices and service: http://www.buyemp.com/dept.asp?dept_id=10306 I'm partial to the Littman stethoscopes, but that's just my opinion.
ShyRem said:Try allheart.com. really good prices.
I actually have several stethoscopes - my first one I gave to my husband to put in his med kit for work. I got a littman classic II when I went to paramedic school. I got a littman pediatric as a gift from coworkers when I was running a crapload of critical and dying children on the ambulance.gonadotropins said:How come you need multiple stethoscopes?
TheDarkSide said:Oftentimes when school starts they'll have a Littmann rep come around and you can get direct pricing. That's how I got my awesome stethoscope for almost 50% off retail in nursing school. You can find some good deals online, though, just comparison shop like mad.
robotsonic said:If you don't have a stethoscope yet, wait until you get to med school to buy one. At my school, we pool our orders as a class to get a discount. Pretty much everyone who didn't own a stethoscope already opted to buy with the class. It saves money.
Plus, you don't need it right away. In fact, you could really get away with not having one for the entire first two years (even if your school claims that you get "tons of clinical experience" in the first two years).
Law2Doc said:I second this. Really only a handful of schools use them the first year, although most try to work it in in 2d year. Those that do may be able to arrange deals.
BlinkyCat said:I know i'm getting one for xmas, and apparently they come in different lengths...22 vs 27 inches? Does anyone know why there's a difference?
I have a pediatric stethoscope, a Master Cardiology (which was a gift from my medical director), and a Littman lightweight. The lightweight is what I use when I run as an EMT and I used the Cardiology when I worked in the hospital.gonadotropins said:How come you need multiple stethoscopes?
gujuDoc said:What's the difference between different levels of Litmann stethescopes??? What makes the more expensive one's better then the cheaper ones??? I always thought all stethescopes were the same.
I got a friend of mine a $60 Littmann stethescope from the scrubs and medical supplies store in the mall near our school. I did this when he graduated as his graduation present. It was an idea I had from another friend who did this for someone before they both went off to medical school.
But I never understood the difference between the various types of stethescopes.
BlinkyCat said:Oh crap!... I'm getting the 22 one. Lovely!
BrettBatchelor said:I was under the impression that you should try a few out and choose what you think you can hear best with.
Is this incorrect? Are they all pretty much the same?
ShyRem said:try different ear pieces. The hard plastic ones hurt my ears, too - I like the soft rubber ones.
Non-TradTulsa said:I have a Littmann Cardiology III that I really like. In response to the question of "why buy it now" - well, several of my premed friends and I bought ours early in the application cycle as good-luck pieces. When I get really depressed waiting to hear from my schools, I hang my scope around my neck - it helps. Seriously, I've noticed at the hospital that, while a lot of attending physicians use the Cardiology III, many have switched to the Master Cardiology model. I was told, however, that "some schools" prefer for students to have a "classic" stethoscope with a bell (the Cardiology III pediatric side converts to a bell) and that they don't want students to use a Master Cardiology while in training. I have no idea if that's true, but that's what "they" told me so I bought my Cardiology III!
I think you're right - the Master Card is a terrific scope from what I've been told. But, the docs I know who have one don't do any pediatric work. I don't know, but I would guess that the head on the MC is so large that it would be more difficult to localize on infants - but that's only my pre-med semi-educated guess.Praetorian said:Some old school docs don't believe you can hear heart sounds as well with a single head scope, as you can with one that has a bell. Personally, I think it's BS, but that's my own opinion. Your mileage may vary.
"Need" and "Suggest" is two different things. "Need?" Nope. There should be a $20 steth floating around in the ambulance with hard rubber ear pieces. I will suggest working a bit, then getting your own. Normally what you will be provided is the type of stethoscopes with two tubes which leads to problems hearing anything when the tubes are rubbing against each other.letmein!please? said:I am training as an EMT over winter break, will I need a stethoscope when I start working on ambulances? I hope so. I've been drooling over the cardio III ever since I wandered into the cinical rotations forum