Your stethoscope has supported you through hundreds of patient exams, helping you hear thousands of heartbeats and belly gurgles. How do you know when it’s time to replace one of your most-used medical instruments? We turned to 3M™ Littmann® Stethoscope Facebook page fans for some crazy, but true, reasons their trusted tools required an upgrade. (If you have a story of your own, share it with us on here)
While we got some great responses, here are some of the more curious reasons we received:
Even if you’ve been able to protect your stethoscope from real-life realities of doctors, dogs, daylight and duct tape, it may be time to upgrade. Here are 8 practical reasons to invest in a new stethoscope:
If you haven’t stayed current with changes in the stethoscope market, you may not be aware there are models available with single-piece diaphragms, next-generation tubing and improved acoustics. If this is news to you, it’s time to see and hear what you’ve been missing. Next-generation tubing, for example, provides improved resistance to skin oils, alcohol and stains for longer tubing life.
Keeping your stethoscope current is an important investment in your future. That’s especially true if you find your colleagues are hearing things through auscultation exams you’re not, or if advanced diagnostic tests are uncovering things you’ve missed. If this sounds familiar, it’s probably time for a new stethoscope.
Whether you’ve earned a promotion, achieved a noteworthy professional accomplishment, switched clinical specialties or reached a significant milestone in your life (birthday, anniversary or accomplished a major personal goal), treat yourself to new stethoscope to commemorate life’s most meaningful moments.