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Product Battle: Littmann Master Cardiology Stethoscope vs. ADC Adscope Platinum Cardiology Stethoscope March 19 2015


Do we know how to pick em’ or do we know how to pick em’? The battle for Cardiology Stethoscope supremacy is more like a war. Top contenders have been brought together for this must read battle. We are throwing the ever-popular Littmann Master Cardiology Stethoscope and the sleek looking ADC Adscope Platinum Cardiology Stethoscope, into the ring. No more jawing, let’s rumble! 


Boom! The ADC Adscope Platinum Cardiology Stethoscope delivers the first devastating blow. With a significantly lower price, the ADC Adscope takes an early advantage. Gaining the early advantage in a battle like this can prove very useful later on. You will receive no argument from anyone on the winner for this category. 


So close in design, these two stethoscopes can only be separated in this category by their color options. Squeaking past their counterpart, the Littmann Master Cardiology offers a few more color options, which includes a sleek black finish head with an olive color tube. The Littmann Master Cardiology also features a short tube option. While the short tube offers no detectable difference in acoustical performance, some practitioners prefer either/or. These two options give the Littmann Master Cardiology Stethoscope the advantage in aesthetics. 


Similarities between these two stethoscopes are staggering, so let’s start there. Both Stethoscopes are pressure sensitive. The user simply presses lightly for low frequency sounds and more pressure for higher frequencies. This important feature removes the need for removing the chest-piece to turn it and gives the user complete control. The tubing on both stethoscopes will retain their shape and flexibility and is resistant to skin oils and other harmful liquids. Differences are subtle but there are some present. As mentioned above, the Master Cardiology offers a 22” short tube option. This option is strictly personal preference and has no bearing on the sound quality, but the option is not there with the ADC Adscope. In regards to warranty, the ADC Adscope offers a Lifetime Warranty that covers all parts, compared to the Littmann Master Cardiology offering 7 years. 

How can you choose a winner when two stethoscopes have so much to offer? The only differences lay with their Warranties, Colors and Lengths. Most of which can be considered personal preference. The most important characteristic about a stethoscope is quality of sound. Both of these units are leaders in that feature with years of experience. You cannot go wrong with either the Littmann Master Cardiology or ADC Adscope Platinum Cardiology Stethoscopes. Get yours today!



Product Battle: ADC ADView vs Welch Allyn Spot Vital Signs Monitor February 20 2015

Get ready fight fans for a real bruiser. We are putting the ADC ADView Vital Signs Monitor up against the extremely popular Welch Allyn Spot Vital Signs Monitor. We have no idea where this one will go but it should be fun. 


Starting out with a bang, the ADC ADView takes this category without any argument. Considerably lower in price than the Welch Allyn Spot Vital Signs Monitor, the ADC ADView gives you flexibility in what you need. Each module is interchangeable at anytime, so even if you don’t purchase your original ADView with SpO2 or Temperature, it can be added later on. 


This is a tough one, since both units have the look of a Vital Signs Monitor. They both have a large display with easy to use navigational buttons. Both have a bright display that makes the readings easy to see, even from a distance.


Both units start out with Non-Invasive Blood Pressure (NIBP), Pulse Rate and Means Arterial Pressure (MAP). Each also allows the addition of Oral/Rectal Thermometry. The Welch Allyn Spot Vital Signs Monitor gives you the option for Masimo or Nellcor Pulse Oximetry, which is nice if you have parts that can be used from previous systems, or just personal preference. ADC’s ADView does not give the option for Masimo Pulse Oximetry. Both units offer 3 mounting options which include a Wall Mount, Table Stand or Mobile Stand. Optional Bluetooth Technology is available on the ADC ADView for wireless connectivity to an EMR through integration on your computer system. While the Welch Allyn Spot Vital Signs Monitor does offer connectivity to EMR systems, it is not a wireless connection. 


Both units are extremely popular and to this day, MonsterMed has not received a bad review or return on either unit. If you are looking for a more inexpensive unit that offers easier future upgrades, then the ADC ADView is the unit for you. If you are in need of a unit with Masimo Pulse Oximetry and looking for that house-held name in Medical Equipment, then the Welch Allyn Spot Vital Signs Monitor is for you. Either unit is a win/win for the user.


Blood Pressure…Ooohhh Yeeaahhh!!! November 13 2014

In a few of our past blog entries we have discussed the merits of automatic blood pressure testing versus manual blood pressure testing. Whatever option you choose, it’s important to know that there are suggested best practices for taking blood pressure. There are many things that contribute to the accuracy of a blood pressure reading and keeping them all in mind can be a task.  However, by following a few simple steps, you can all but ensure that your reading is as close to accurate as possible.

Step 1: Set the Mood

And we don’t mean dimming the lights and putting on soft jazz.  We mean, to get the most accurate reading, the patient needs to be relatively at rest by sitting still for 3 -5 minutes, in a comfortable, supporting chair. Make sure their feet aren’t dangling unsupported. Make sure they are quiet, and that the room is a comfortable temperature. You may also wish to evaluate if they seem stressed or not, as stress can throw off readings pretty badly. Basically, make sure the patient is comfortable.

Step 2: Remove those Clothes

Woaaaahhh….we are only talking about your shirt sleeve!  It doesn’t seem like it would do a lot, but having the patient’s clothing under the blood pressure cuff can throw off systolic pressure readings by as much as 50mmHg. Have the patient roll up their sleeve, and make sure you are putting the cuff in an unobstructed area, directly on the arm.

Step 3: And Get It On

Come on…we mean get on the blood pressure cuff!  One of the easiest factors you can control is also one of the easiest to overlook. Blood pressure cuffs have an arm circumference range they work best other words, there aren’t just one size fits all for the cuff.  Using them outside of that range can seriously sway a test reading. This works in either direction, whether the cuff is too small or too large. It seems like this would be an easy thing to notice, but it can be quite difficult. If there is any doubt, take the time to measure the patient’s arm circumference, so you can get the most accurate reading.

There are other factors that can affect the test, but those are mostly patient controlled. There will always be some margin of error, but using these simple steps, you can do your best to minimize it and get a more accurate reading than not.