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Published On: Mon, Jul 6th, 2015

Tips To Purchase The Best Stethoscope For You

Choosing the best stethoscope for you depends on the type of work you have to do regularly. It is important to decide whether you are going to work with children or adults, or if you want to specialize in a certain medical field. There is a large variety of stethoscopes to choose from, depending on the type of situation and the nature of your work.

How to purchase the right stethoscope

The first thing to consider when choosing this medical device is to think about the type of environment you are going to work in. This will help you decide if you can do a good job using a standard stethoscope or if you are going to need one that amplifies sounds. Determining what you are going to use it for is very important, as each stethoscope has its advantages and disadvantages depending on its use.

For example, if you work in a quiet setting, you can choose a more affordable, non electronic stethoscope with decent sound oscillation. If you need a better sound quality and frequency range, you can purchase a cardiology stethoscope, as these are perfect for minimizing ambient sound interference. Cardiology stethoscopes are mainly used in the cardiology field, as they have strong oscillation properties that help deal with all types of heart sounds. If you work with children, a pediatric stethoscope will be more suitable.

However, an electronic stethoscope may be the best solution if you work in a loud environment, such as an ambulance. This type of device can amplify the received sounds, which makes it perfect to use even when you have to deal with noisy distractions. They can also be an excellent choice for doctors with hearing difficulties.

stethoscope photo courtesy of powertoolsplanet.com

stethoscope photo courtesy of powertoolsplanet.com

Your budget is another thing to consider before selecting and buying a stethoscope, so make sure to decide how much you are willing to pay for it. The price of a stethoscope can be influenced by the sound quality it provides and by the brand that produces it, so consider the qualities that are important for you before making your purchase.

In general, cheaper stethoscopes are made from heavy materials, while more expensive ones are made of lightweight materials such as aluminum. The brand can also influence the price of this medical tool, so make sure to review the brand before paying that extra money. However, renowned brands are known for producing high quality items. Other factors that can influence the price of a stethoscope include the material that it is made of, its quality, durability, weight, tube length, thickness, and the presence of electronic components.

Even if a cheaper, heavier stethoscope can be useful too, it is recommended to spend more money and invest in a lightweight, durable, high quality stethoscope, as you won’t have to replace it too often and this may save you some money. Specialized devices include pediatric, adult care, electronic, cardiology and anesthesiologist stethoscopes, but the best stethoscope is the one that helps you determine the medical condition of your patient.

Guest Author: Arya Mullen

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