If you are reading this article, you are probably a nursing student trying to decide what type of stethoscope will best meet your needs in nursing school. In this article, I am going to walk you through the best stethoscopes for nursing students to help you achieve success in your nursing journey.
Since stethoscopes are expensive, it is crucial that you invest in a good one that will last you throughout nursing school and one that you will potentially continue to use as you transition into your nursing career.
Today, I have put together a detailed list of 5 top stethoscopes with the hopes of helping you select the right tool that will promote accuracy and reliability in your clinical assessments.
The best stethoscopes for nursing students provides an individual description of each stethoscope, as well as a table comparison of all 5 stethoscope so that you can be able to choose the perfect stethoscope for your individual needs
At the end of this article, be sure to check out table 1: comparing the top 5 stethoscopes. After reading this, I hope you will be able to make the right decision that will help make your nursing journey smoother and stress free.
OUR TOP 5 PICKS
LITTMANN CLASSIC III – OUR #1 RECOMMENDATION
The 3M LITTMANN CLASSIC III is one of the best products out there for learners and health care professionals alike. With a great acoustic performance of 8 and a double-sided chest piece.
The instrument also has a tunable diaphragm, which means that learners and professionals can hear the different frequency sounds during assessment simply by adjusting the contact pressure on the chest piece.
A light contact pressure will help you hear low frequency sounds, while firm pressure will result in hearing high frequency sounds. This instrument is very good for the assessments of both adults and children in a non-critical environment.
The most exciting thing about the 3M LITTMANN CLASSIC III is that it comes with a new single piece diaphragm which can be easily cleaned and attached to the stethoscope.
It has a tubing that is one of the best in the market because it does not pick up stains and it is highly resistant to alcohol and oils from the skin. Hence, this leads to longer tubing life and high durability. Also, the instrument is very flexible and retains its shape during use, after it has been folded and stowed away
Finally, if you are allergic to phthalate plasticizer or latex you have nothing to worry about because these allergens are not used in the production of the instrument’s tubing.
3M LITTMANN CARDIOLOGY IV – BEST FOR CARDIOLOGY
The 3M LITTMANN CARDIOLOGY IV is designed specifically to help students and health professionals to listen to subtle and hard to hear sound. The acoustic sensitivity and performance is high at 9 and is a great instrument to hear abnormal heart sounds such as faint pulmonary irregularities, S3 and S4 murmurs and bruits
Equally, the diaphragm is tunable and a double-sided chest piece, this instrument is very good for the assessments of patients in critical settings such as Cardiac ICU, ICU and ER
Additionally, the tubing is very durable as it does not pick up any stains and it is highly resistant to alcohol and oils from the skin. Also, the tubing is very resilient and flexible, retaining its original flexibility and shape even after it has been folded and stored away
Likewise, the is not made with phthalate plasticizer or latex, making it safe for sensitive individuals to use.
MDF ACOUSTICA DELUXE LIGHTWEIGHT DUAL HEAD STETHOSCOPE – BEST PRICED
The MDF ACOUSTICA DELUXE is a lightweight stethoscope with good acoustics and a dual head chest piece. It is the best choice for a high quality and affordable instrument for learners. It can be used for assessing children and adults alike in non-critical units.
Although the MDF ACOUSTICA DELUXE is not as advanced as the 3M LITTMANN products mentioned above, it is well fitted with the basic minimum features and finely crafted to help ensure accuracy and precision in assessment and diagnosis. It is also available in lightweight selection for specific colours
The amazing thing about this instrument is that it has an acoustic valve stem with green indicator dot that easily indicates to the user when there is an active sound channel.
To top it off instrument also has a no-chill retaining diaphragm and bell which simply means that it does not feel cold when placed on a patient’s body during assessment.
Overall, this is a fairly good affordable and stethoscope for students, it has the basic features and is also made of rubber tubing that is latex free
ADC ADSCOPE 600 CARDIOLOGY
The ADC ADSCOPE 600 CARDIOLOGY is an outstanding high acoustic instrument that provides user comfort and high performance. It is very ideal equipment for use in any cardiology focused unit. Like other stethoscopes on this list, this instrument has a dual lumen channel and a tunable diaphragm that allows the user to hear both high and low frequency sounds.
A unique feature that sets this instrument apart from the rest of the stethoscopes on this list is that it has a one-sided chest piece system. Hence, to hear high or diaphragm type frequency, the user must apply firm pressure to the chest piece and to hear low or bell type frequencies light pressure must be used.
It is also suitable for sensitive patients, professionals and student as it is latex free.
MDF MD ONE PREMIUM DUAL HEAD STETHOSCOPE – BEST STYLISH
The MDF MD ONE PREMIUM DUAL HEAD STETHOSCOPE is a very stylish brand of stethoscope that is fitted with an ergonomic design and comfort for both learners’ professionals and patients alike. It is made up of a stainless steel, handcrafted and acoustic superior chest piece for high performance and precision in assessment.
Just like the MDF Acoustica Deluxe stethoscope, the MDF One has an acoustic valve stem with green indicator dot that easily indicates to the user when there is an active sound channel. And to top it off, the instrument also has and a no-chill retaining chest piece system (bell and diaphragm) that does not feel cold when placed on a patient’s body during assessment.
This instrument is a very stylish and ergonomic stethoscope for students, it has all basic features and is also made of rubber tubing that is latex free.
TABLE 1: COMPARING THE TOP 5 STETHOSCOPES
NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE A DECISION
So friends, as you can see, there is a lot to consider when trying to decide which type of stethoscope is best for you. Factors like price, comfort, weight, length, colour variety and even rating may play a role in your final decision.
I have fully outlined for you in this article the Top 5 Stethoscopes with their individual features so that you can decide which one will be the best one for you.
If you have any feedback, questions or concerns I would like to hear from you. If you have had any experience (either positive or negative) using any of the stethoscopes mentioned here. Kindly share with us your experience in the comment section below. Also, if there is any instrument that you are currently using or have used in the past that deserves to be on this list please leave your comments.
Thank you for reading!