These can be coordinated to match your scrubs, but are they the best stethoscope for your needs? But there's more than fashion to consider when selecting the best stethoscope assessment tool.
In this article, I'll review the features, functions, and price ranges for the two major categories of stethoscopes: acoustic and electronic.
Everybody knows the acoustic stethoscope, but these may not be the best stethoscope in all situations.
Electronic ones are starting to become more common as the size, weight, and more importantly the price, continues to decrease.
To say which one is the best depends on many different variables.
To determine the best stethoscope we need to look at three different categories to break it down even further and these would be for doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists, and nurse techs.
Obviously a doctor would need a very quality made one for his or her purposes.
The best for nurses and therapists would just depend on personal preference and in what specialty the nurse works in.
Nurse techs could use any, but the best for them might be one they could use if they go on to be a nurse.
To determine the best for your individual needs could depend on several things including where in the hospital you work.
A med surg nurse for example might not need the same scope as say a cardiac nurse in the ICU.
I have used a mid range Littmann scope in the emergency room for years and it has worked very well for me.
Although its not the best stethoscope its very functional.
For a nurse tech a lower priced/quality one could be the best stethoscope for their purposes.
If a nurse tech was in the process of going through nursing school then that person might want to upgrade to a nicer more expensive one.
But in reality, the best stethoscope is the one between your ears.
Get good at listening for bodily sounds by practicing a lot and you can use most scopes.
The acoustic properties of the best stethoscopes vary considerably.
Many factors besides your own hearing ability affect what sounds you hear.
And almost as important as hearing the sounds that come from the patient's body is not hearing ambient sounds that keep you from focusing on physiologic sounds.
The overall design of the best stethoscope head, tubing, and ear tips contributes to acoustic performance.
If you use a scope with dual tubes make sure they have enough insulation because if they rub together that cause ambient noise.
The best will have a single tube.
To determine if the dual tubes have enough insulation rub them between your thumb and forefinger.
If this results in you not being able to hear physiologic sounds then its too thin, and its definitely not the best! So which one is the best stethoscope for you? This will all depend on your preferences and experience and what your occupation is.
If you work in a hospital already use your coworkers scopes if possible.
If you are starting out from scratch then look through the reviews in this website.