This Thursday thousands of UK students will find out if they have the required grades to gain entry to medical school. The successful ones will start their course in October and amongst the list of required items for many medical schools will be a stethoscope.
The Littmann Classic 11 SE Stethoscope has been the first choice stethoscope for most UK medical students now for many decades and still remains so. The reason is that it is a reasonably priced high quality double headed ie with a bell and a diaphram acoustic stethoscope that is ideal for medical students who need to master all the basics of auscultation.
The Littmann Dual 111 cardiology stethoscope is also a popular choice due to its superior acoustic performance particularly when listening to heart murmurs and has always been a popular choice wit final year medical students & young doctors. It also makes a good choice for medical students.
This year Littmann in their ‘Love your Littmann ‘ promotion are offering a free cardiac sounds auscultation cd with each Littmann Classic 11 Se stethoscope in the promotion and also with the Littmann Dual 111 cardiology stethoscopes in the promotion.
I think we are on a bit of a Littmann classic theme this month. Watch this space as we have more coming over the next week.
The latest edition to the Littmann classic line up is is the very distinctive & gorgeous Littmann Classic 11 SE copper finish stethoscope with brown tubes. The Littmann copper has copper finish chest piece and headset making it a very classy edition to the new Littmann Classic collection.
Littmann 3m have extended the range of tube colour options on their Dual III cardiology stethoscopes.
The Littmann cardiology stethoscope is now available in navy blue, caribbean blue and a bright red tube option.
The Littmann III Cardiology remains the first choice for medical practitioners internationally, offering superb performance accoustics and longevity due in part to its high quality manufacturing standards.
Valuemed is now an official Litmmann 3M UK Distributor& we have the 2 exciting new Littmann electronic stethoscopes in stock. Both stethsocopes have black tubes
The 3M Littmann Model 3100 electronic stethoscope delivers both exceptional sound quality and a simple-to-operate user interface. With these sound and usability improvements, you might never go back to your old stethoscope.
Clinical studies have shown that using the 3M Littmann Electronic 3100 stethoscope makes it easier to detect the harder to hear sounds, such as S3 gallops, aortic regurgitation and abnormal lung sounds.
The 3M Littmann Model 3200 electronic stethoscope is the most advanced Littmann stethoscope that is currently available. This stethoscope will allow you to Hear It, Record It, Send It and Confirm It.
The Model 3200 features a LCD screen to give you as much information as possible. The LCD display on the Littmann Model 3200 will display:
Heart Rate of the patient- this is displayed after 5 seconds and updates every 2 seconds
Volume- you can amplify the heart and lung sounds up to 24 times
Battery Life- audible alerts are also given when the battery life is beginning to get low (operates on a single AA battery)
Mode- shows you if the Electronic 3200 is in bell or diaphragm mode
Backlight- ideal for low light conditions
Littmann Stethoscopes remain the standard doctors choice. Littmann continues to be the medical school recommended stethoscope of choice for students.
The Littmann Classic II SE stethoscope remains the first choice, giving excellent general clinical performance and value for money. The Littmann stethoscope range is made by parent company 3M.
The Littmann Classic II SE features:
Dual headed with a patented tuneable diaphragm on one side, and a traditional bell on the other.
The tuneable diaphragm on the 3M Littmann Classic II SE Stethoscope detects high and low frequency sounds by simply adjusting the pressure used during examination. Firm pressure allows you to listen to high frequency sounds- ease off to lighter contact and the diaphragm instantly switches to let you hear lower frequency sounds (previously heard using the traditional bell).
The bell side on the 3M Littmann Classic II SE stethoscope can also be used for low frequency sounds and special examinations to detect bruits, for examination of intercostal spaces and auscultation of smaller and bony patients.
A high quality single lumen tube (71cm/28 inches), with comfortably angled anatomically correct headset and patient-friendly nonchill rim and diaphragm to ensure maximum patient comfort.
The 3M Littmann Classic II SE stethoscope features a tough, elastomer polyurethane rim on the chestpiece and crack-resistant, reinforced, PVC tubing. The tubing allows you to fold the scope easily without worry of kinking or breaking. The internal, double-leaf, binaural spring helps assure a long life and allows easy adjustment of ear-tube tension. The ear-tubes are lightweight, yet very durable.
Patented soft sealing medium ear tips designed to produce an excellent acoustic seal, offer maximum comfort (firmer ear tips are supplied with the stethoscope if you prefer). These ear tips are supplied as standard on the 3M Littmann Classic II SE Stethoscope.
Littmann offer 3 year warranty against any manufacturing defects.
Why should I buy a 3M Littmann Classic II SE Stethoscope?
The 3M Littmann Classic II SE stethoscope remains the industry standard stethoscope, against which others are judged.
It is widely used by a wide range of health care professionals such as nurses, general practitioners, midwives and physiotherapists.
The 3M Littmann Classic II SE is also the stethoscope that medical students are advised to use, due to its acoustic quality and versatility- very important when learning
The 3M Littmann range of stethoscopes are the most highly regarded in the industry, and have been trusted by millions of healthcare professionals throughout the world for decades.
At this time of year we get lots of phone calls from parents of medical students who are about to start their clinical training, and want to know which is the best stethoscope to buy them as a gift.
I remember well when I started my clinical training about 20 years ago how excited I was to get my first stethoscope. in those days the only stethoscope that was available to buy from the medical school was the Littmann Classic SE.
I still have mine, and it has performed very well for the last 20 plus years.
I bought it when I started my clinical studies and it served me very well. In my final year at medical school I studied cardiology & persuaded my parents to buy me a Littmann cardiology stethoscope which was fantastic. After I had used this stethoscope with its superior acoustics I never used anything else. It served me very well through my final year, through my house jobs and then through my GP training. I continued to use it as a GP, and it is as good now as the day I bought it.
The strong US dollar has pushed the price of Littmann stethoscopes up to UK and EU buyers over recent months with price increases across the entire range.
The Littmann Classic II SE stethoscope remains the benchmark doctors unit against which others are compared. Valuemed remains the only major distributor not tied to a single brand stethoscope manufacturer offering other leading north american brands MDF Stethoscope models and Spirit stethoscope spghymomanometers etc and its own valuemed range and generic stethoscopes. clinical stethoscopes start from just £3.45
Littmann Classic 11 SE stethoscope available in lots of tube colours
The Littmann Classic II SE remains the benchmark general clinical Doctors stethoscope against which others are judged. Other leading European and North Americal brands including MDF and Spirit have similar double head models available, most priced to take advantage of the high end cost of the Littmann brand. These margins are set to expand as the European cost of US$ increased by over 25% in the last quarter of 2008.
Our advice. If you are considering the purchase of a stethoscope, do it sooner rather than later. Price increases in 2009 when European distributors restock can only go one way.