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Does Size Matter? March 26 2015

Does Size Matter? 

Huh? What we mean is, does the length of your stethoscope tubing affect the sound quality of your Stethoscope? The answer is not as clear as one would think. Littmann offers a short tube option to many of their stethoscopes including the Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope and the Littmann Master Cardiology Stethoscope. We guess a better way of asking that questions is “What is the advantage of having a short tube stethoscope?” 

The best way to answer this is in the form of a comparison. Compare the length of a stethoscope tube to a garden hose. The longer the length of a garden hose, the less pressure at the end of the hose. This is due to frictional and other internal forces and the same idea can go for the tube of a stethoscope. The sound from the bell has to travel the entire length of the tube to reach the ears, which bounces many times, slowing down after each time. For a stethoscope, the difference in acoustic pressure is not noticeable by the human ear. The difference is so small, you will never notice and it will not affect your ability to diagnose. That being said, there is an advantage since resonant frequency decreases as tubing length increases. This provides a better response to the lower frequency sounds as it has been shown that the human ear is not as sensitive to low frequency sounds. Thus any improvement to those frequencies can be a big advantage. Again, these differences are so small, the human ear cannot distinguish a difference.

So, when choosing a stethoscope, size DOES matter (WE KNEW IT!!!) but not in regards to the sound quality. Look at it this way, if you purchase a Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope in a 22” Tube, it will put you 5” closer to the patient then the standard 27” tube. Many professionals appreciate the additional 5” when dealing with sick patients especially. The longer tube also allows less bending which causes stress on the lower back.


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! 

Price

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. 

Aesthetics

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. 

Features

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!

 

 


Trending Physician Office Equipment March 02 2015

When we at MonsterMed see a spike in sales for a certain product or product line, our sales team spends time examining the product(s) to determine new trends in healthcare. We thought we would share a few of these products to help you stay on top of what’s popular in medical offices, like yours, across the U.S. 

Littmann Stethoscopes

Since adding Littmann Stethoscopes to our online store, the orders have been pouring in. We contribute this to the Littmann Brand, which is widely known in the medical industry as the most preferred brand of stethoscopes available. With the Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope as the flagship product, it is easy to understand why. The Cardiology III is specially designed for improved acoustic performance and exceptional adaptability. A wide variety of tubing colors allow the user to showcase their personality, improving patient comfort. In addition to the Littmann brand name, MonsterMed continues to keep our prices consistently low with Free Shipping. With more Littmann Stethoscopes joining our offering soon, we are sure that this will be one of our most popular lines available. 

Enthermics Blanket Warmers

Steadily gaining in popularity on MonsterMed are Enthermics Blanket Warmers. These elegant looking warmers give hospitals and clinics a low cost convenient place to store and keep their blankets warm. A warm blanket will ensure a comfortable, pleasant patient experience and improve their satisfaction. With an Enthermics Blanket Warmer, customers can be assured that blankets will be kept at the proper temperature and readily available. Combine these features with MonsterMed’s lowest prices online, customers cannot find a more practical purchase. 

MonsterMed strives to bring our customers the most popular medical equipment products for the lowest prices online. And that goes for all product we offer! We also work to bring the best possible customer service and up-front order status to all orders no matter the size. Give us a chance with your next purchase, you won’t regret it!