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The stethoscope which is an iconic and the most basic symbol of health, be it modern or ancient, is defines in the dictionary as “a medical instrument for listening to the action of someone’s heart or breathing, typically having a small disc-shaped resonator that is placed against the chest, and two tubes connected to earpieces”. The little disc-shaped resonator which is connected to the long tube reaching the ears is generally used for listening to sounds made by various organs; heart, lung or even intestines.
It has been a long time since we have come from using a single hollow cylindrical tube as a stethoscope to having various kinds of stethoscopes specialized for different purposes and organs. So now let’s take a look at the top 10 best stethoscopes in India in 2019.
3M Littmann Classic 2 infant
Marvelous acoustic performances and exceptional versatility characterize the Littmann Classic 2 infant stethoscope. The innovative stainless steel chest pieceoffers a tunable diaphragm on each side of the chest-piece. The large side can be used for adult patients, while the small side especially useful for pediatric or thin patients around bandages and carotid assessment. The pediatric side easily converts to a traditional bell with provided non-chill sleeve. Two tunable diaphragms allow the user to conveniently alternate between the low and high-frequency sounds without turning over the chest piece.
3M Littmann Classic 3
3M Littmann classic 3 has high acoustic sensitivity for general physical assessments, new longer lasting tubing. Not made with natural rubber. Not made with latex. Not made with phthalates. Two single-piece tunable diaphragms for adult and pediatric patients. The pediatric side converts to an open bell, and the diaphragm can be replaced with a non-chill rim. Right out of the box it lives up to its name. It’s an investment you make in yourself.
3M Littmann Cardiology 3
The 3M Littman brand is synonymous to comfort, design, and The cardiology 3 is their most famous non-electronic stethoscope amongst physicians, including a cardiologist. It features the tunable diaphragm technology that lets you switch between the bell mode for low frequencies and diaphragm mode for high frequencies, simply by changing the pressure of the chest piece on the patient. The personal two-sided chest piece is built with two tunable diaphragms, the larger side for adults and the smaller side for pediatric patients, carat assessments and maneuvering around bandages. The dual lumen tubing is actually two tubes in one designed to eliminate rubbing noises. Its soft, sealed ear tips with its patterned snap tight feature provide an acoustic seal and comfortable fit.
3M Littmann Cardiology 4
The first thing you noticed is that there is no double sided piece here. The one-sided bell and diaphragm just switch from one side to the other, with the biggest side for adult patients and smaller site for pediatric patients and can be used to oscillate between different frequencies and sound. The bell is used to detect low-frequency songs from is used to detect high-frequency sounds.
3M Littmann cardiology master
When you ask any doctor “What’s the best stethoscope out on the market today?”, Chances are they’ll say the Littmann Cardiology 3 stethoscope. It’s the next generation of one of the most recognized stethoscopes in the profession. It offers improved acoustics with better audibility of high-frequency sounds, compared to the Littmann Cardiology 3. To hear the higher frequency sounds, turn the chest piece to the adult-side and press firmly. The distinctive Littmannchest piece has a pediatric and adult side. Simply flip the sides to fit the patient. Both the adult and pediatric sides of the chest piece have single-piece diaphragms that are easy to remove, attach and clean because the surfaces are smooth and without crevices.
3m Littmann master classic 2
Tunable diaphragm technology — a 3M invention — lets clinicians hear different frequency sounds by simply adjusting the pressure on the chest piece. Unlike two-sided models, there’s no need to turn over and reposition the chest piece. Hold the chest piece with light pressure to hear low-frequency sounds; press a little more to hear higher frequency sounds. This time-saving feature allows the healthcare provider to focus on the patient, while the non-chill rim provides patient comfort.
3m Littmann infant
Dual-sided chest piece with the small7cm diaphragm is ideal for infant patients. Versatile chest piece design provides high acoustic sensitivity with both a floating diaphragm and open bell. On-chill rim and diaphragm provide patient comfort. Soft-sealing ear tips provide an excellent acoustic seal and comfortable fit. The headsetis easily adjusted for individual fit and comfort. Angled ear tubes align with ear canals
3m Littmann electronic
3m littmann electronic with the 3200, you maintain good contact with the patient’s skin regardless of what sounds you are listening for. Variable diaphragms are chosen by selecting the desired setting with the diaphragm button. The first setting emphasizes lower frequencies (between 20-200 Hz), mimicking the bell. The next setting simulates the diaphragm, emphasizing frequencies between 100-500 Hz. The last setting and the one found only in the 3200, is the extended range filter. Unlike analog stethoscopes, this allows for listening to the full spectrum of sounds simultaneously. This is possible because the Littmann electronic line picks up the full range of frequencies and the various settings are simply filters excluding the sounds outside of a set frequency.
3M Littmann pediatric
Designed for clinicians who work with neonatal and pediatric assessments. The small chest piece provides a narrower sound focus. Soft-sealing ear tips provide an excellent acoustic seal and comfortable fit. It can be easily converted to a traditional bell by removing the diaphragm on the pediatric side and installing the non-chill sleeve.
3M Littmann Classic II S.E.
Versatile chest piece design provides high acoustic sensitivity with both a tuneable diaphragm and open bell. Tuneable diaphragm: Hear high or low-frequency sounds by slightly adjusting the pressure on the chest piece. Non-chill rim and diaphragm provide patient comfort. Soft-sealing ear tips provide an excellent acoustic seal and comfortable fit.
The stethoscope has managed to remain one of the most important medicinal instruments even after all the technological advancements over the years. The importance of stethoscopes lies in the fact that they allow physicians to physically listen to the sounds of the body and the 3M Littmann brand has managed to design the best stethoscope suited to every purpose of modern medicines. The designs keep in mind both comfort and usage and adhere to the needs of both the clinician and patient.