The stethoscope that is worn around the ears of any health professional, doctor or nurse may look simple, but it is really a hallmark of quality and brillant creative invention. The Littmann Stethoscope stands tall among all the various brands of stethoscopes, and has been the choice of doctors and nurses worldwide.
For the doctor or nurse starting his career, it is not enough just to select the littman stethoscope from among the various types in the range of stethoscopes under the Littman brand. His problem is further compounded by the need to consider the spare parts and accessories for the Littman stethoscope that he is going to purchase.
What are the spares and accessories the medical, health practitioner or nurse have to consider when he or she is purchasing a littman stethoscope? These are the parts that are easily subjected to wear and tear due to daily use.
Look at some of these parts and accessories that you need to consider as well when buying the 3M Littman stethoscope:
1. Littman stethoscope identification tag
2. Soft Sealing Snap-Tight Replacement Eartips for Littmann Stethoscopes
3. Firm Replacement Snap-Tight Eartips for Littmann Stethoscopes
4. 3M Littmann Stethoscope Nonchill Bell Sleeves
5. 3M Littmann Stethoscope Rims – Snap On
6. 3M Littmann Stethoscope Diaphragms
7. 3M Littmann Tunable Diaphragm and Rim Assembly
8. 3M Littmann Stethoscope Special Procedure Adaptors
9. 3M Littmann Replacement Stethoscope Binaural Assemblies
10. 3M Double Stick Discs with 11/32″ Aperture
The best way to get help on these is to research your options online- not just any online store but from the official distributors of the brand. You can also talk to them over the phone, and discover some surprising discounts especially from stores that do give discounted on selected models and their spares from time to time. Nurses will be delighted to know that there are also nurses kits comprising the littman stethoscope that is available at discounts, and spares may also come at a discount too.
One thing you must know about spares are that they often come in pairs or in a batch. So you need to purchase them in pairs or in batches and to keep them ready for a rainy day when the part has to be replaced. This would normally be the eartips, the rims and the sleeves of the stethoscope. The good news is that these spares are normally easily available.
It is not beneficial or cost effective to keep the old stethoscope with a view to cannibalise it for spares, even if the model is the same.
Like in any purchase, quality and price are the main determinants, and when you are looking for a branded stethoscope such as the Littman stethoscope, the quality is basically ensured and it is price that needs your attention. While there are no hidden costs, one must also take into consideration the cost of spares and that depends on wear and tear which is difficult to anticipate.
There is a limit to reducing the need to replace the frequently used parts such as the rims and diaphragms of the stethoscope, because no matter how gentle you are with the stethoscope, wear and tear cannot be avoided.