Stethoscopes: I want one.
May 27, 2012 9:17 PM Subscribe
I want a stethoscope, but I know nothing about them. Please teach me about the differences between stethoscopes and direct me toward some good ones.
posted by bookish to shopping (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've only used stethoscopes to take blood pressure during my CNA training, and the ones I used were a motley, beat-up assortment belonging to my community college. I did notice that there were significant differences in the sounds of different scopes, and some of them were maddeningly hard to use.
I'm about to start nursing school and I'd love to have a decent stethoscope to fool around with. You know, auscultate my boyfriend and that sort of thing. But I'm overwhelmed by the variety of options and don't know what to look for. I don't have loads of money, so cheaper is better. I would, however, be willing to shell out a little more for something that will last and be useful in the long term. Should I look for something with a warranty? What's a good online vendor to buy from?
I've also heard that learning on too nice of a stethoscope can be disabling, because it's hard to use crappy ones once you're used to the higher sound quality. Is this something I actually need to be worried about? My gut instinct is that it is not, but I'm willing to defer to the judgement of folks who actually know something about this.