Sunday, 25 October 2009

Stethoscope: Doctors prefer Littmann Stethoscopes cuz They are the Best!

Stethoscope: Doctors prefer Littmann Stethoscopes! Best Stethoscope for Doctors!

Stethoscope, the ubiquitous medical instrument that says you are a doctor is used by us, health care professionals, everyday. Yet I am asked this question by medical students time and again. Doctor, which stethoscope do you use? Why Littmann Stethoscope?

I have used numerous stethoscopes all through out my career and the only one which I prefer is a Littmann Stethoscope. You can say that Littmann are the best stethoscopes for doctors and you will find that most of the medical fraternity agrees with you.

There are a plethora of choices when it comes to stethoscopes from the cheap NHS issue to the advanced cardiology ones by Littmann.

If you were to go around any hospital, the most trusted brand of stethoscopes, is hung around the doctors shoulders or in their coat pockets. And needless to say, it is Littmann, especially in the United Kingdom.

Why do Doctors prefer Littmann Stethoscopes?

Simply because they are the best!

You don’t necessarily have to take my word for it. Go ahead and test the various ones listening to the heart sounds of patients and come to your own conclusion.

I have found that, by trial and error that Littman Stethoscopes offer the best quality of sound. I am better able to differentiate cardiac murmurs, crackles and fine crepitations, when I am using my trusted Littman stethoscope.

I find Littmann stethoscopes also offer superior quality of sound transmission, when listening to a hairy man’s chest! Other stethoscopes transmit the ambient noise when the chest moves causing the hair to rub against the stethoscope diaphragm, while the Littmann’s do not!

Acoustic or Electronic Stethoscopes?

I have been trained using the acoustic stethoscope and I stand by it. Although the more advanced electronic stethoscopes offer ambient noise reduction, I have rarely needed those.

With the introduction of iPhone, we now have the iStethoscope as well!

If you are using some other brand of stethoscope, please feel fee to voice your opinion in the comments section.

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Laura said...

This is very ironic Abhishek, been at work today using a standard NHS stethoscope to record a manual BP, which may I say aren’t very good!. This is useful to know.

Orthopod question for you: If you have swelling around the Ulna (and you are a baker by trade) could this be a likely result of repetitive strain injury or a likely break? The swelling is not really significant but apparent and painful. xxx

Anonymous said...

The stethoscope was invented by the French physician R.T.H. Laënnec. René Théophile Hyacinthe Laënnec is generally considered to be the father of chest medicine.

One day in 1816, Laennec is invited by urchins to hear to the scratching of a pin transmitted through the length of a wooden beam. He is thereby inspired to fashion a paper tube to listen to the chests of his patients.

Just so that you know!

Laparascopic Surgeon said...

Did you know that - Generally speaking, the larger and heavier a stethoscope is, the more efficiently auscultatory sounds are picked up by your ears, while the smaller and lighter, the easier its handling is. To fulfill these opposing ends, stethoscopes come in different designs.

Abhishek said...

@ Laura,
NHS issue are not the best stethoscopes. Try a Littmann, it is way better!

Abhishek said...

@ Anonymous,
Thank you, I didn't know that!

Abhishek said...

@ Laparoscopic Surgeon,

Why would that be!