You know that learning how to use a stethoscope is essential to your ability to assess and monitor your patients effectively — and it takes a lot of practice. Start with a stethoscope for learning that has a professional level of acoustics that will help you from the start and will perform for years to come. 3M™ Littmann® Stethoscopes are the top choice for both students and clinicians, as well as recommended by professors for classroom and clinical practice.
The Littmann stethoscope models recommended for students who are looking for a high-quality, reliable stethoscope are the 3M™ Littmann® Classic III™ Stethoscope and the 3M™ Littmann® Cardiology IV™ Stethoscope. Both offer high acoustic sensitivity, enhanced comfort and advanced features, and both have the versatility of a two-sided chestpiece — one side sized for adults and one sized for paediatric patients. With a wide range of tubing colour and chestpiece finish combinations to choose from, you’re sure to find a stethoscope that fits your style.
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Tunable technology is another feature that makes the Classic III stethoscope and the Cardiology IV stethoscope great options for students learning how to use a stethoscope. This 3M invention lets you hear different frequency sounds without repositioning the chestpiece. By simply adjusting the amount of pressure applied to the chestpiece, you hear different types of sounds — firm pressure for high-frequency sounds, light pressure for low-frequency sounds. With practice, you’ll learn how to quickly find and distinguish different sounds without repositioning the chestpiece.
Both stethoscopes feature a double-sided chestpiece with tunable diaphragms on both the adult and paediatric sides, meaning you only need one stethoscope to practice listening on patients of many ages and sizes. In addition, the paediatric side converts to a traditional open bell by replacing the single-piece diaphragm with a non-chill rim so you can also learn this auscultation technique.
The 3M™ Littmann® Learning Institute app is free with the purchase of any Littmann stethoscope. Download the app to your mobile device and practice learning diagnostic skills using patient scenarios to listen to authentic heart and lung sounds — then test your knowledge! Track progress and win badges as you master your auscultation skills.
Unlock the full content of the app with the serial number found on the chestpiece of your Littmann stethoscope.
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