MDF Stethoscope Reviews

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MDF’s stethoscopes are qualitatively different than other brands.  Some really dial in their diaphragms for sensitivity, which is one way of going about things, but MDF approached this issue differently.  They simply made a nice loud stethoscope.  But this is just one of the key differences.  Let’s look at some other MDF stethoscope reviews and see how they perform individually.

MDF Sprague Rappaport

This particular stethoscope, the MDF Sprague Rappaport, along with most others of the MDF brand, are less expensive than say Littmanns.  They term their diaphragms as ultra-sensitive, which is cool, but what they really mean is they tweaked the amplification high for noisy environments.  That’s a bonus for these, however it could easily become a negative in quiet environments where you don’t need it that loud.  Part of the loudness comes from the dual tubes instead of the single that splits off.  Each tube delivers pure audio to your ear pieces from the dual-output on the bell.  They do boast soft tip earpieces as well.  The most magnificent part is the “Free Parts For Life” Program.  Once you buy, your’e in for life with free repair parts.  The only time you’re going to leave the brand is if you want a higher quality stethoscope in general.  One of the things I do like is all MDF’s come with identification tags so you can write your name on them.  That way nobody can claim yours nor will you lose it amongst other similar models.

MDF ER Premier

This ER Premier stethoscope is cool.  It boasts a dual head chestpiece and the acoustic valve stem is fully rotational, which means you aren’t going to start twisting your tubes up and having to untangle.  Like above, this is another nice and loud stethoscope, made specifically for emergency room physicians.  This is the same stethoscope as their Classic Cardiology model once you make the Bell Conversion which is included.  That’s pretty cool, right?  The diaphragm here can capture sounds from 100 to 1000 Hz.  This is down in the bass levels, right where the heartbeat thumps and the wheezing of the lungs is at.  It’s got the soft eartips too.  That’s really about all you need to know.  It’s another quality loud option from MDF.


I like the MDF MD One. Another quality offering from MDF featuring stainless steel construction and a dual head chestpiece.  The fully rotating valve stem features a green dot for alignment so you know you’re getting the optimal sound through the tubing to your ears, which are seated comfortably in your ear, sealed from all outside sounds, with the soft eartips.  The bell is of the non-chill variety, which means your patient isn’t going to jerk away from cold metal, which shaves some time off of your job.  You know when you repeat the same action hundreds of times a week, each second counts.  You get the same Parts For Life program as well.  The tubing on this one is special, because it’s thick, dense, and is non-stick, so it doesn’t rub against itself and make noise while you’re trying to listen.  Look at the details by clicking the picture, including the weight, length, diaphragm width, and more.

Ultrascope Stethoscope Reviews

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Ultrascope is not a type of stethoscope, but a company that produces them, much like Littmann and MDF.  From reading reviews, looking at their website, asking my sister, and seeing the models they provide, I’ve formed an opinion on Ultrascope stethoscopes.  I’m admitting that I haven’t used one, but just reporting the information out there.  It seems like the target type of person that Ultrascope is going for is those that don’t require the highest quality model of stethoscope available, but still want something made very well.  They also tend to be targeting the female nurse.  Let me explain.

The Most Colorful Stethoscope Designs Ever!

The thing with Ultrascope is that their stethoscopes are by and large the most colorful batch I’ve ever seen!  They look fantastic, but the bright and neon colors largely appeal to females.  You’ll understand when you see some pictures below.  One of their main marketing methods is to offer “bling,” which gives you lots of color options for the bell and tubing, engraving on the bell, all kinds of designs, zebra stripes, smiley faces, etc.  This is the way they provide variation on their one model type.  Let’s take a look at a few variations to save time.

I just want to give you some ideas of what this company does.  There are lots of colors of tubing and lots of designs you can get on the bell, from camouflage, glitter, abstract designs, nature scenes, and lots more.

Here is an example of a pink tubing with a zebra print design on the bell.  On all of these, the tubing is 30 inches long, weight coming in at 5.8 ounces, and the diameter of the diaphragm and bell being 2 inches wide.  You can click the picture if you want more details and color options and read about the technical specifications if that’s your sort of thing.

What’s great with Ultrascope is that, like other great manufacturers, they offer a lifetime warranty on their stethoscopes.  So really, in this industry, you want to buy the right one the first time you buy.  This way you can always get replacement parts if anything breaks.  You’ll never need to buy more than one.  Ultrascope goes ahead and send you extra ear tips too, which is a time saver since we all tend to gunk up the ear pieces over time.

They claim the quality is good enough for cardiologists, veterinarians, family practitioners, and basically any other profession that might use a stethoscope.  Anyone I’ve talked to or read a review from seems happy enough, but aware that a Littmann might be a better stethoscope.  But then again, you get all these fun designs too so it all depends on what you want.

Go ahead and click one of the pictures and it’ll show you tons of variations of color, bell designs, and more you can pick from if you’re interested in an Ultrascope.  You’ll definitely be unique in your workplace!

Neonatal Stethoscope Reviews

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MDF Infant and Neonatal

Here’s the deal on these.  I usually will share with you guys two decent stethoscopes and then show you a third “lesser” one so you can get a frame of reference on what’s out there.  But since we are talking about neonatal stethoscopes, as in newborn babies and infants, I’m not going to show you a cheaper, lower quality one.  I just don’t feel comfortable even sharing anything less than the best when it comes to helpless infants.

I realize some stethoscopes are for simple routine checkups, but you never know when an emergency might arise.  So I’m going to only share two.  One is a Littmann and is the one I suggest, and second is an MDF that is acceptable as well.  The rest, I honestly don’t take seriously enough to wager on in this case.  So let’s take a look!

3M Littmann Classic II Infant

stethoscope reviews5Unlike longer stethoscopes for adults or even animals, the Littmann Classic II infant is only 28 inches long.  I say “only” as if that’s short, but only in comparison.  It’s plenty long enough for a full grown adult to perform their work duties, but not extra-long because babies just aren’t that tall!  There are a ridiculous amount of tubing colors available along with two chestpiece color options, including stainless steel and rainbow.  Littmann’s are the best stethoscopes on the market, hands down, due to the high quality builds but especially due to the attention to details.  In this case, we have latex-free materials in case any infant is allergic or sensitive.  You don’t want to discover it at a time where it could simply complicate some other issue.  Also, there is a non-chill diaphragm and rim so that you aren’t causing the baby any discomfort.  You can switch the diaphragms from a small to a larger bell as well, depending on the size of the child you’re working with.  You can’t beat this bad boy.  If you want to read more technical details, click the picture to see some tech specs on Amazon.

MDF Infant and Neonatal

MDF Infant and NeonatalMDF is another company I respect for their no frills, all-serious stethoscope products.  The MDF Infant and Neonatal Stethoscope is no different.  Also available in an array of tubing colors with a non-chill bell and rim, this model has a deeper, conical shaped bell to amplify the weaker heartbeats and sounds coming from smaller hearts and lungs.  The headset is crafted from chrome-plated brass versus the machined stainless steel above.  The preference is up to you!  This stethoscope and the one above both feature the non-latex, thick yet non-sticky tubing to block out extraneous noises and keep rubbing sounds out as well.  This stethoscope gets the job done as well as the Littmann, but might be a wee bit less nice.  The bonus is that it also costs a wee bit less.  So it’s your choice which is more important to you at the present moment, but remember: a stethoscope can be forever if you purchase the right one up front.  Make your decision.  You’ll do fine with either one of these.

Veterinary Stethoscope Reviews

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3M Littmann Master Classic II Veterinary 2

This is always a strange topic to broach when it comes to stethoscopes.  Is there really a difference between the different types on the market, such as pediatric, neonatal, or in this case, veterinary styles?  The answer is kind of wishy washy, because the answer is “yes and no.”  Let me explain.

The function of the stethoscope doesn’t change between types.  It’s still a diaphragm, bell, tubing, chest piece, and ear pieces that collect a sound, amplify it, and push it to your ears.  There’s no need to retune the diaphragm between humans and animals, large or small, because the same function is being pursued, which is to listen to the heart or lungs through bone and muscle tissues.  This is the “no” part of the answer.

The “yes” part of the answer is that, sure, there are some differences but not in functionality.  The difference come in small attributes such as tubing length, diaphragm size, colors, cool-to-touch rims and bells, etc.  They don’t change the function, just the application.

The main difference for veterinarians is that animals don’t necessarily hold still, or you don’t want to get right up on one that might kick or bite or scratch you.  So for a veterinary style of stethoscope, the main difference you’re going to find is longer tube length and the other difference is simply in the marketing.  Let’s take a look at a few examples so you can see what the most popular options out there are.

3M Littmann Master Classic II Veterinary

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Let’s cut the crap.  This is the one you want if you want to buy once and never again.  Get the best quality at the best price with a parts replacement plan.  The Littmann Master Classic II Veterinary Stethoscope boasts that longer tubing that I mentioned before, and in a good way.  Most human stethoscopes come in around 26-29 inches in length.  This sucker measures at a total of 32 inches.  Don’t underestimate how much those three to five extra inches matter when you’re listening to a cat that’s ready to strike!  In addition, this stethoscope is light at 0.75 pounds.  I’m sure you can get different color tubing when you order as well, not that the pets or farm animals are going to care.  You want this stethoscope not for it’s options, but because Littmann is the option for professionals.

Ultrascope Stick Veterinarian

Ultrascope Stick VeterinarianThe veterinarian version of the Ultrascope stethoscope is no different than their typical model.  This is an example of marketing at work.  You can choose the size of your diaphragm, from 5/8th’s of an inch up to 1-5/8th’s of an inch.  You can have the longer or shorter tube, and in this case you’d want to opt for the longer tube, which isn’t any longer than a standard tube length.  This isn’t optimal for a veterinarian but it’ll work fine all the same if you don’t care about the length.  Ultrascope does come with a lifetime warranty, as does the Littmann above.  I’ve not personally used an Ultrascope but it seems they want to appeal to uniqueness for nurses or whoever might want “bling,” flashy colors, and interesting designs on their bells.  This doesn’t necessarily mean the quality isn’t also there, but I prefer a company that doesn’t rely on gimmicks.

Prestige Medical Veterinary Clinical I

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Prestige has also released a veterinary stethoscope with the key difference being a longer tube.  This one actually reaches 33 inches, which is one inch longer than the Littmann, which is nice.  However, the overall quality of this stethoscope is lower than the more expensive models.  That doesn’t mean it’s bad, it’s just not as nice.  There’s might be noise pollution, harder ear pieces, less flexible chest pieces, etc.  That might not be a bad thing if you work on a farm, for instance, in rough and dirty conditions.  This model is slightly lighter than others as well, which might be your preference.  It has a non-chill bell and snap on diaphragm so you can store them safely.  This model is designed for large animals in mind specifically, such as cows and horses.  Your tubing color options are black, navy, and purple!

Electronic Stethoscope Reviews

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Electronic Stethoscope Reviews 2015

Electronic Stethoscope Reviews 2015Let me be straight up here.  There are a lot of electronic stethoscope out there from tons of companies trying to get into a high-margin business opportunity.  If you look, many of them have no business being in electronics or stethoscopes.  This means they are outsourcing, piecemealing, and dropshipping electronic stethoscopes, versus putting in the labor of love and creating a quality medical instrument like we need.  That’s why I’m not going to go out of my way to show you guys a lot of those.  You can do a google search and find a lot of them and then you’ll see what I’m saying.

What I do know is, and if you’ve worked in the medical industry or been reading the reviews online you’ll also know that, Littmann, by the company 3M that makes high quality office supplies, is the unanimous winner in affordable but high quality stethoscopes.  I say affordable even though they tend to be on the higher end of the pricing structure, but there is a reason for that.  Their products cost them more to make because they go the extra mile.  I don’t work for them if you’re thinking that.  I just have a strong conviction that this is the case after being in the field and seeing all of my friends and family members learn the same lessons.  Littmann is what you want, especially if you’re jumping up to the electronic stethoscope realm of things.  They even have a Telesteth system which is amazing but not what any of us regular doctors and nurses want or even need.  But open that in a new window if you doubt that Littmann is out for quality only.

Let me show you the normal person’s electronic stethoscope here:

Littmann Electronic Stethoscope Model 3100

Electronic Stethoscope Reviews 2015This is what you want, if you’re on the market.  The Littmann stethoscopes

Model 3100 is a top of the line, and yet affordable for this style, stethoscope.  It features all of the normal stuff you’d expect from a top of the line non-electronic stethoscope.  It has the stainless steel chrome chest piece, comes in the professional black color, features 2-inch diameter diaphragm, is 27-inches long, and features the soft sealing ear tips.  Yes, it’s as good as all of the other stethoscopes offered by this company.  It even has the nice but not necessary stuff like a non-chill diaphragm and the variety of tubing colors to choose from.  So what makes it different in regards to the electronics?

The addition of the electronics does make it a little heavier, clocking in around 185 grams, versus the 160-180 grams you normally get, but this additional weight has to do with the internal electronics.  5 grams isn’t bad at all, you won’t notice it especially since it’s all down at the bell anyways.  If you’re a respiratory specialist, you’re used to dealing with a heavier one with electronics anyways.  This is light compared to most.

Here’s where the magic comes in.  The only reason you’d want an electronic stethoscope is for the amplification aspect.  It takes the sound from the diaphragm and boosts it up the tubes into your ears.  But this bad boy can boost up to 24 times the volume!  That’s way better than most.  But then you have to ask, what’s the point of boosting the volume that loud?  You’re obviously in a noisy atmosphere.  You won’t need to boost that loud and hurt your ears thanks to the Ambient Noise Reduction technology they’ve produced.  I’m not sure entirely how it works.  I think it uses a very low level pink (full spectrum) or white noise (just the higher frequencies).  What this means is that the electronics produces a random set of low level frequencies that are constantly changing but lower than the sound of the heart or lungs and not within the normal frequency range of the sounds you need to hear.  This helps create a destructive interference with all of the outside noises that might be creeping into your tube from the outside, like other doctors calling for crash carts and the frantic chitter chatter that goes on in emergency rooms and hospitals.  You are going to hear the raw sound that you want to hear, not a ton of other distractions.  This is all about focusing in a noisy environment!

The tubing is a silicone that is coated with polyurethane so even when your tube rubs against itself or your shirt or whatever, it won’t produce those friction sounds that get in the way.  You can’t beat this stethoscope.  It’s the winner.  Go ahead and hunt around, or save yourself some time up front and click the picture above and snag this beast!

Pediatric Stethoscope Reviews

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So say you’re a student or new nurse and you’ve found yourself in the unique position of beginning to work with infants and very young children.  Welcome to pediatrics!  So if you’re like me, you’re wondering, “Is there really a difference between pediatric stethoscopes and non-pediatric stethoscopes?”  I wondered if it was just a marketing thing or just bad information going around.  I called my mom (ex-nurse), my sister (nurse), her husband (nurse anesthetist), and his mom (also a nurse anesthetist)!  They all had the same thing to say…

What Makes a Pediatric Stethoscope Different?

stethoscope reviews77Nothing, really.  That was the answer I received from many family members who transcend generations of experience in the medical field, some who work specifically with infants.  They said that there are lots of pieces of equipment that do require the designation of being “pediatric” specific because of their size, specifically stuff like blood pressure monitor cuffs.  They have to be a lot smaller to wrap around a baby’s arm or thigh.

So this label has crossed over to the stethoscope world where it’s not really needed.  The same goes for neonatal, which is just an extension of pediatric but for babies which just recently born versus children and toddlers.  Veterinary stethoscopes are just the same as any other kind.  They all function the same.  The ones below work well for small animals and large animals.  But that’s okay, I’ll still cover the topic for you!  The main thing is you just don’t need a monstrously sized diaphragm.  It needs to fit on a child’s back or chest without covering too much area or you’ll capture extra sounds you don’t need, and freeze the baby’s skin too!  So with that being said, let’s look at the stethoscopes that are appropriately sized for pediatrics and that are said to unanimously be the best.  On to the pediatric stethoscope reviews…

Also, remember, if you want to buy what you are positive is a high quality stethoscope but want to make it more fun for the kids, you can always look into getting a stethoscope cover.

Littmann Classic II Pediatric

This bad boy, the Littman Classic II Pediatric, is considered the best pediatric stethoscope by most everyone online.  Littman pursues a standard of quality that is premium, and while you may pay for it, you might as well the one time you have to buy a stethoscope in your life.  It’ll make life that much easier to have a high quality one.  This stethoscope’s diaphragm is tuned to a higher sensitivity, meaning you can hear the quieter heart beats and breathing better in the higher and lower frequencies.  And it has a non-chill rim so you aren’t freezing any youngsters out while you’re trying to perform your job.

MDF Pediatric

Here is MDF’s version of the pediatric stethoscope.  The MDF Pediatric features a wide array of 13 colors that are fun for children, versus the scary, no-nonsense, standard medical black tubing.  It’s made of stainless steel, like you would expect, plus they have the lifetime warranty and free-parts-for-life program so that’s a plus.  The tubing is a bit thicker to help block out ambient sounds while you’re trying to isolate a heart beat or lung sounds, but it also is constructed to resist cracking after being used for a long time.  If it did crack, well you just replace it with their parts for life program!  It’s a solid deal here, but not quite as nice as the Littmann, which has a free repairs program as well.  It’s a good option if you can’t afford to spring for the Littmann.

ADC AD604 Adscope Pediatric

The AD604 model is ADC’s pediatric stethoscope.  The Adscope Pediatric boasts a larger bell that helps you really tune into those low frequencies of a heart beat or the sound of breathing in a young child.  It also features a non-chill bell and diaphragm so that your young patient isn’t squirming around on you and freaking out while you work.  There are also some fun colors, which is part of what matters when working with kids, such as raspberry, caribbean (as pictured to the left), pink, light blue, and your typical gray and black colors as well.  This stethoscope checks out about as good as the MDF above, but not quite like the Littmann.  You won’t lose out here at all if you choose it though.

Adscope Animal Pediatric-22

And just for fun, I wanted to show you the Adscope Animal Pediatric-22.  This is an example of what you can do with stethoscope covers as mentioned above.  This is a fairly cheap and not-so high quality stethoscope, but it’s designed aesthetically well for children.  You can go for white, seafoam, or pink colored tubing and then swap in and choose from seven different animal heads!  That’s great.  But you can achieve this with a higher quality stethoscope by using the various accessories that are available, so don’t feel locked in to buying this one.  I honestly wouldn’t recommend it.  Sure, it’ll get the job done, but it’s also built with the idea that you might let the kids handle it as well.  So it’s cheap and durable, versus fine-tuned and higher quality.

Stethoscope Tubing

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Stethoscope Tubing 1There’s not a lot to know about stethoscope tubing.  I suspect that if you’re searching for information, it’s most likely that you’re looking for a replacement set of tubing for the stethoscope you already own.  Otherwise you may just want to know some details about how these tubes function.  Without further ado…

What to Know About Stethoscope Tubes

The tubing on a stethoscope is the rubbery piece that reaches from the chestpiece and the earpieces down to the bell and diaphragm.  It conducts the sound waves produced by the diaphragm up to your ear.  As we know, these sounds coming from breathing and from heartbeats are pretty low frequency.  Low frequency sound waves have relatively long frequencies that can pass through most thin material.  This is like how you can hardly ever hear voices in the apartment above yours, but you can hear footsteps stomping around like no other.  Due to this phenomenon, you need the tubing to be of a certain thickness and made of a certain material that dampens the amplitude of the sound waves trying to get in.  To sum it up, you don’t want sound leaking or getting in.  That’s where the thickness of the walls comes in.  The thicker they are, the better they are in most cases, but this also depends upon the density of the material used as well.  Most stethoscope providers aren’t selling crappy tubing because it’s cheap enough to produce correctly.  You don’t have to worry about that.

Replacement Stethoscope Tubing

Here’s the good thing.  Stethoscopes have replacement parts available for purchase.  So if that’s why you’re here, just click the image to the right to be taken to Amazon where you can find the proper make and model to match your stethoscope.  For instance, if you own a Littmann (I hope), you’ll buy the proper Littmann model.  Same goes for Omron or any other company.  It’s very rare to ever have to buy a replacement tubing, and even more rare to ever have to buy twice.  And fortunately, they all come with a year long warranty, so if something crazy happens or you get a defective piece, you can always get another one free of charge.  It’s way cheaper to replace your tubing than to replace the entire stethoscope, that’s for sure.  Grab a replacement and be on your merry way!

Guiding about Stethoscope Parts

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The Different Stethoscope Parts

So let’s look at all of the parts of the stethoscope as discussed below:

The Earpieces

The eartips aren’t a big deal as long as they are soft, seal to the chestpiece, and don’t hurt your ears.  Most stethoscopes come with decent earpieces but if they don’t you can get new eartips to replace them.  But if you buy one without soft earpieces, you’ve bought the wrong one upfront.  Because soft eartips are likely to wear out in time, good stethoscopes come with several replacement pairs.

The Chestpiece

Stethoscope PartsEvery stethoscope has a chestpiece, and every one of them is double-sided, which means it has two earpieces.  I’m sure this comes as a big surprise to you.  Anyways, the real deal about the chestpiece is the weight and the material used in it’s construction.  A decent weight for the chestpiece is around 85 grams.  You don’t want to go too heavy.  To keep the chestpiece at a decent weight, epoxy and fiberglass is used in the build.  Metals get too heavy and will get discolored with skin oils and whatnot as well.

The Diaphragm

The differing diaphragms out there differ in a large way.  The good kinds are tunable so that you can pick up higher or lower frequency sounds, depending on if you need to hear the patient’s breathing or their heart beat.  Some aren’t tunable at all.  They also come in different lengths as measured by their diameters.  The bigger the diaphragm, the wider the frequency range you can pick up and the more sensitive it can be depending on how you dial it in.  You want one to come in around 1.7 inches.

The Tubing

The length of the tubing added to the length of the chestpiece is what constitutes the total length of the stethoscope.  The tubing is hollow which allows the pressured sound waves to travel up and into your ear canal.  These are generally made out of a rubbery, flexible material.  The walls of the tubes matter as well. The thicker the tube walls are, the more isolated the sound is and the more purely you hear it.

Overview of the Parts of the Stethoscope

These items are the parts of the stethoscope.  It’s simple!  If you really need to be anal about it and learn more, then that’s up to you to go do the research.  This is just a general overview.

If you want to cut the crap and check out the stethoscope that offers it all and is considered the best of the best without ridiculous pricing, check out the Littmann Cardiology III.

Stethoscope Light

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One of the worst things for any medical professional is constantly needing to dig through medical cabinets, peek down the back or front of medical gowns, or reading and writing charts in the dark.  A stethoscope light is the answer to this problem.  Why it is not more widely used, I don’t know, because I love mine.  Let’s talk about why.

The Many Uses of a Stethoscope Light

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So imagine this.  You’ve got to prep the medicine count for your patients for the evening.  You go to the medicine room and turn on the lights, and yep, just as you’ve suspected, the lighting still sucks and the hospital doesn’t care to fix it.  They aren’t going to, and it’s up to you to get the job done regardless.  If you grab the wrong bottles, you’re going to do more than just lose your job.  It’s serious business here.  So what’s the solution?

You need a stethoscope light! This sucker is clipped right to the bell of your stethoscope.  All you have to do is squeeze the ends of it and point it wherever you need!  The tubing is long and it functions like the perfect flashlight.

Here’s another scenario.  You’ve forgotten your pen flashlight in another room and you need to look at some spot on a patient’s back but they aren’t in a medical gown.  There’s no need to waste a ton of time having them change clothes.  Viola!  You’ve got a stethoscope light that you can point right at the source of the problem and see exactly what you need to see.  Done and done.

One more scenario!  You’re working the night shift this weekend and you cover the ICU.  You need to sit in the rooms and watch over your patients, but it has to be dark so they can sleep.  How in the world are you supposed to write your charts or read their past charts to know how to treat them tonight?  The hospital doesn’t care.  Just get it done!  Right?  Well, if you had a stethoscope light, you’d have no problem.

So What Are you Waiting For?  Get a Stethoscope Light!

The paragraphs above are enough to convince you.  If you aren’t convinced, I’m convinced you’re a cheapo.  But fortunately for you, these stethoscope lights are dirt cheap and work like a charm.  Just get one!

Stethoscope Covers

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Stethoscope Covers

Stethoscope CoversAs previously mentioned, some of the coolest accessories for your stethoscope are the stethoscope covers.  There are many different types depending on your goal.  They serve several functions such as comfort, entertainment, and cleanliness.  Let’s talk about the options.

Covers for Comfort

I know a lot of nurses who hate feeling the cold metal or the strange feel of the rubbery tubing against their skin as they perform their duties with their stethoscope.  I can’t blame them, except I’m a guy so I really couldn’t care less either way personally.  But I understand the sentiment.  One of the ways that people have invented to resolve this situation is to offer stethoscope covers of various shapes and colors.  These come all the way up towards the ear pieces and cover the uncomfortable parts of the device that might be annoying you.  Plus it hides unsightly medical technology from the eyes of nervous patients.  If you get tired of feeling the clammy metal all over your chest, then consider one of these types of covers for your stethoscope.

Covers for Entertainment

Let’s say you are a pediatrician.  You get some frightened kid in your room and as soon as you bust out the alien-looking stethoscope, they freak out even more.  Wailing, snot, tears… It’s like the devil just walked in, in the form of you!  Here’s your solution!  Tell me, what kid doesn’t like animals?  There are tons of stethoscope covers for entertaining and relaxing children, such as dragons, dogs, cats, lions, elephants, etc.  Let me show you one of my favorites, which is the tiger!  So now let’s reframe this situation.  You walk in, and say “oh, it’s me, Mr. Tiger, and I’m hear to purr on your back for a second!  Meow!”  With a little skill, the kid will be cheery and you can get your job done and be on your way in a heartbeat, if you’ll excuse the pun.  These types of stethoscope sleeves come in all shapes and designs.  You can have several to rotate if you end up seeing the same patient over and over.  They’ll have a blast with it.

Covers and Caps for the Stethoscope Diaphragm and Cleanliness

The last type of cover to discuss is what I’m calling the cap.  A stethoscope cap is a small device that functions just like a cover for the lens of a camera.  It caps over the diaphragm of your stethoscope, thereby covering it when it’s not in use.  This is helpful to keep you from puncturing one of the most important parts of your stethoscope.  But it also is another chance to express yourself as there are all kinds of with colors and quotes for you to choose from.  Also you may be forced to clean your diaphragm after every use, which flat out sucks.  A quick way of dealing with this is to get disposable stethoscope covers that you slip on, use, and then throwaway when done.  Each patient gets a clean cloth cap this way!  You can’t beat that as far as convenience goes.  And they are really cheap.  You can check those out on Amazon here.

Choose the Right Stethoscope Cover For You!

Find the proper type of stethoscope cover for your needs!  Mix and match, have several types for your enjoyment to rotate throughout the week, etc.  The options are endless for comfort, entertainment, and cleanliness!