The best stethoscope will depend on the body part where you need to use it and which type of work you need to perform on regular basis. Stethoscopes come in various types and designs to deal with different types of situations but you need to choose a stethoscope according to your work and field. You need to know the basics in order to make the right selection. For example, cardiology stethoscopes are designed to deal with the patients of heart related problem. This stethoscope gives you a wide range of heart sounds and good cardio logical stethoscopes have oscillation property that will minimize the sound interference. In fact in many cases, doctors prefer this stethoscope because of its good sound quality and frequency range.
If you are working in a hospital where there are lots of noises and it’s difficult for you to listen then you may choose electronic stethoscope. This stethoscope amplifies the sound it receives. Many professionals who have hearing problems use this type of stethoscope. Nursing students and doctors who work in quieter environment may opt for a less expensive stethoscope with decent sound oscillation but you have to keep in mind that your stethoscope is made up of heavy and durable materials.
Components of stethoscope
When you are choosing a stethoscope for you, you need to think beyond the price and brand name. Keep these essential components in mind while purchasing stethoscope:
Chest piece – when you are purchasing a stethoscope you have look at the fact that the chest piece is made up of high density materials such stainless steel or titanium. It gives the better performance and durability to the stethoscope. Make sure that chest piece is hand polished not only outside but from inside. It is because hand polished stethoscope give much clear sound quality.
Headsets – make sure that your headset is also made from same material as chest piece and is angled at 15 degree.
Diaphragm – look for the better, high quality and durable diaphragm. It is good to have an extra diaphragm in case something happens to it.
Tubing – you should look for tubing which is thick and durable. Tubing helps you to give only insulated inner sound. Some doctors prefer a long tubing to maintain a safer distance from patient.
Ear tips – ear tips allow you to take a proper reading and it also prevents the external sounds to enter in your ears while you are checking the patient. Make sure that the ear tip perfectly fits in your ear with comfort.