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Stethoscopes

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What is a Stethoscope?

A stethoscope is a type of medical diagnostic equipment used to listen to the internal sounds of an anatomical body. It is primarily used to listen to the heart or the lungs of the patient, while it can also be used to listen to the intestines and circulation within the veins and arteries. When used in conjunction with a sphygmometer, a stethoscope is vital in measuring blood pressure.

How to Choose the Right Stethoscope

The scary possibility of misdiagnosis doctors and healthcare professionals know all too well. That is why it is important to understand the different diagnostic instruments on the market. A stethoscope is one of the most important tools used when diagnosing a condition. Choosing an appropriate stethoscope requires knowing the difference between different stethoscope brands and models. If you are a student going into the medical field, you have probably already realized there are many types of stethoscopes and the broad range in price. Acoustic quality distinguishes one stethoscope from another.

A stethoscope"s acoustic quality is determined by how well it communicates sound to the listener. The first component that determines how well the instrument does this is the earpieces. Properly fitted earpieces optimize sound quality. The second determining component is the tubing and tube length. Generally, dual tube design is known to perform better than single lumen design. Optimal sound is generally said to be reached with a tube about 18"-20" in length. Longer tubing does not carry sound as well as shorter tubing. The third determining component is the chest piece. The weight and width of the chest piece determines sound intensity. Components such as the bell and diaphragm are used to listen to low frequencies and high frequencies. These different components distinguish the different stethoscopes and the different uses they are intended for.

Choosing the appropriate stethoscope depends on what the stethoscope is going to be used for. Cheaper stethoscopes are sufficient for very basic examinations. These stethoscopes are usually priced under $100. Littmann is the most commonly used stethoscope brand among doctors and nurses because of its acoustic sensibility. These are generally priced from $100-$200. Select medical specialists need electronic stethoscopes. Electronic stethoscopes utilize sound enhancing software to analyze sound otherwise almost undetectable with standard Littmann stethoscope.

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  1. 3M  Double Stick Discs

    3M Double Stick Discs

    SKU: B11687

    $33.41

    3M Double Stick Discs - Ideal for securing stethoscope chestpieces to the skin, freeing user's hands to operate other equipment. Pre-cut, hypoallergenic and easy-to-use. Learn More
  2. Cardionics ViScope Visual Stethoscope Model 718-7910

    Cardionics ViScope Visual Stethoscope Model 718-7910

    SKU: A28043

    $484.95

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  3. Deluxe Single Patient Use Stethoscope Adult Yellow

    Deluxe Single Patient Use Stethoscope Adult Yellow

    SKU: A12824

    $3.22

    The Deluxe Single Patient Use Stethoscope Adult Yellow is a unique single-patient diagnostic tool that is designed to help prevent cross contamination in infectious situations. 

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  4. Invacare  Dual-head Stethoscopes

    Invacare Dual-head Stethoscopes

    SKU: B11081x

    $4.99

    High-density zinc alloy diaphragm and bell chestpiece. Nonchill ring for patient comfort. Adjustable chrome-plated brass binaural with pure white ABS eartip. One-piece molded thick wall Y-tubing. 22 L. Learn More
  5. ReliaMed Nurse-type Stethoscope

    ReliaMed Nurse-type Stethoscope

    SKU: B11080x

    $8.99

    The ReliaMed Nurse-type Stethoscope is made of lightweight aluminum and features a non-chill rim for patient comfort. The chrome-plated brass binaural is adjustable and has a pure white ABS ear tip. The PVC Y-tubing is made of a one-piece molded structure.

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  6. Invacare  Sprague-Rappaport-Type Stethoscope with Accessory Pack

    Invacare Sprague-Rappaport-Type Stethoscope with Accessory Pack

    SKU: B11082x

    $15.97

    Five-in-one, zinc alloy-treated, chrome-plated chestpiece with 5 different size chestpiece bells. Latex-free, thick wall tubing. Patented chestpiece design prevents acoustic leakage. 22 L. Accessory pack contains: Adult and pediatric-size, chrome-plated, zinc alloy bell; three plastic black nonchill bells; two different size spare diaphragms, one pair mushroom eartips, one pair clear PVC eartips. Learn More
  7. MABIS Legacy Sprague Rappaport Type Stethoscope

    MABIS Legacy Sprague Rappaport Type Stethoscope

    SKU: A12812x

    $11.36

    The MABIS Legacy Sprague Rappaport Type Stethoscope is the most popular style of stethoscopes as it offers unrestricted flexibility while maintaining exceptional acoustical qualities. Great for general assessments or physical examinations, the MABIS Legacy contains a heavy-walled 22" vinyl tubing that blocks out background sounds. 

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  8. MABIS MatchMates Sprague Rappaport-Type Combination Kit

    MABIS MatchMates Sprague Rappaport-Type Combination Kit

    SKU: A29010x

    $39.95

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  9. Mabis Signature Series Low Profile Stethoscope Adult Black

    Mabis Signature Series Low Profile Stethoscope Adult Black

    SKU: A12811

    $24.99

    The Mabis Signature Series Low Profile Stethoscope Adult Black is the ideal medical device for general diagnosis and physical assessments. This low profile stethoscope features stainless steel dual inner-spring binaural as well as a stainless steel chest piece that provide remarkable acoustical clarity.

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  10. MABIS Stethoscope H-Type Identification Tag
  11. MABIS Stethoscope Straight-Type Identification Tag
  12. Professional Aneroid Sphygmomanometer and Stethoscope Kit - Black

    Professional Aneroid Sphygmomanometer and Stethoscope Kit - Black

    SKU: A20203

    $44.95

    This Professional Aneroid Sphygmomanometer and Steth Kit is designed to provide highly accurate systolic and diastolic pressure readings to help closely monitor heart health, as well as to help count heart beats per minute.

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