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.
For most simple tasks, such as taking blood pressure a single head stethoscope is all that is required. Single head stethoscopes have a single diaphragm held in place by a retaining ring. Via the single head, pulses, breath sounds and some cardiac sounds should be clearly audible. By applying pressure to the diaphragm head, the frequency of sounds can be parially modified. In some models is is refered to as a “tunable head” function.
A double head stethoscope has both diaphragm and a bell. The bell has a cone shaped head which normally has no diaphragm and is smaller in diameter to the diaphragm side. This makes it more positionable and in some respects directional, making the location and pin pointing of aucultated sounds more precise. the bell is also better at locating with clarity low frequency sounds.
The dipahragm and bell sides are rotatable around a central core, so one or the other can be selected. Double head stethoscopes are available in a range of sizes with heads from adult, through child or paediatric down to the very smallest neonate head units. Chest pieces are available normally in steel, but some aluminium heads are available. There is little to make one better than the other beyond the weight difference both give good auscultation characteristics in well manufactured stethoscopes. Deluxe units have slightly thicker tubing and head sets vary from central lite sprung units with firm easy clean ear tips through to professional soft sprung with soft fit ear tips for comfort.
Single head stethoscopes start from £3-4 pounds with double head stethoscopes usually a £1 or 2 more. These cheaper units are ideal for general light ward use and offer perfectly adequate auscultation quality for basic tasks. For heavy regular users, requiring ausculation function to include regular respiratory and cardiac auscultation, high quality clinical branded models start from £25-50
The Littmann Classic II SE remains the best selling UK double head stethoscope against which most other high quality stethoscope brands are compared. For a great value alternative consider it’s rival North American branded MDF-777 available from valuemed, or our own cardiology model.
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.