Buyer’s Guide for Stethoscopes for an Anaesthetist

Author: Nicole Adler   Date Posted:19 January 2018 

Anaesthetists need extremely advanced stethoscopes for their profession, because precise auscultation is required. There are several high-performance stethoscopes available at Mentone Educational that meet those requirements. Curious what the most popular stethoscopes are for anaesthetists? Or what criteria are most important? Find out by reading the information below.

What Is the Most Popular Stethoscope for Anaesthetists?

The electronic range of Littmann stethoscopes is usually most popular amongst anaesthetists; this because the stethoscope makes it possible to enhance sounds, providing a more precise auscultation.

With one of the Littmann Electronic Stethoscopes, anaesthetists can also record and save sound tracks obtained during physical examinations. The maximum number of tracks that can be recorded is twelve, with a maximum of thirty seconds for each track.

Anaesthetists can transfer sounds via Bluetooth as well with the Littmann Electronic Stethoscope. The adaptor for this stethoscope is included with the purchase of your stethoscope at Mentone Educational.

Other medical professionals can listen remotely with this stethoscope too; this is done with the special 3M Littmann TeleSteth System. The 3M Littmann TeleSteth System, compatible with this stethoscope, can also be obtained from Mentone Educational.

With the Littmann Electronic Stethoscope, anaesthetist can also eliminate up to 85% of ambient noise. Thanks to this reduction, precise auscultation is possible in busier hospital environments.

In addition to the reduction of ambient noise, the Littmann Electronic Stethoscope can amplify sounds too. The Littmann Electronic Stethoscope can amplify sounds up to twenty-four times; this makes the stethoscope suitable for hospital environments once again.

Why Does an Anaesthetist Need a Stethoscope?

Anaesthetists usually use a stethoscope to detect any problems with the respiratory system and the cardiovascular system; this could be due to asthma or even complications from anaesthetics. Anaesthetists tend to have a stethoscope on hand for emergency situations. These usually occur when a patient shows a sudden change in vital signs.

To detect the subtle indicators of problems with the respiratory system and cardiovascular system, anaesthetists will require quite a powerful stethoscope. These stethoscopes are designed to detect grade 1 murmurs, heart sounds S1, S2, S3, and S4. An advanced stethoscope for anaesthetists must also be able to detect subtle respiratory and abdominal sounds.

Aside from the usual electronic stethoscopes, there are other stethoscopes that could be considered by anaesthetists. Some of these stethoscopes will be labelled with the word “cardiology”, even though their use is not limited to medical professionals working in a cardiology department. So, if you are looking for an alternative that can provide similar features as the electronic option, you could consider a classic cardiology stethoscope too.

What Is the Best Littmann Stethoscope for an Anaesthetist?

We already mentioned the best Littmann Stethoscope for an anaesthetist, more specifically the Littmann Electronic Stethoscope. However, for anaesthetists preferring a classic stethoscope over the electronic, we can recommend the Littmann Cardiology Stethoscope IV.

The Littmann Cardiology Stethoscope IV is one of the latest releases in a range of acoustic Littmann stethoscopes. The stethoscope is designed for medical professionals who require optimal acoustic performance, which makes it suitable for clinicians other than cardiologists.

With the Littmann Cardiology Stethoscope IV, anaesthetist can count on better audibility by adjusting the pressure. It contains a tuneable diaphragm, where light pressure enables you to hear low frequency sounds and hard pressure enables you to hear high frequency sounds.

An additional benefit of the Littmann Cardiology Stethoscope IV is its dual-lumen tubing. Dual-lumen tubing has two different sound paths in the same tube, successfully eliminating some of the rubbing noises that can occur with traditional double-tubed stethoscopes.

Littmann Cardiology IV Stethoscopes also have tubing made from next-generation tubing, a material free of latex and phthalate plasticizers. The material is also more resistant to skin oils and alcohol than traditional tubing materials, prolonging the lifespan of the stethoscope.

Is There a Different Stethoscope If You Have Paediatric Patients?

Paediatric patients usually require a different stethoscope, since a smaller diaphragm will be required for optimal auscultation. With the smaller diameter, it is easier to isolate the sounds, while a traditional adult stethoscope would make this process harder in paediatric patients.

There are some stethoscopes, created by Littmann, that provide a chestpiece suitable for both adults and paediatric patients. Of course, a dedicated Littmann stethoscope only meant for paediatric patients is often preferred by anaesthetists; this includes the Littmann Classic II Paediatric. However, it is important to remember that this stethoscope only provides perfect auscultations for paediatric patients under the age of twelve.

Please note that there are also paediatric stethoscopes that provide you with interchangeable chestpieces; this proves useful for anaesthetists that monitor patients under and above twelve years of age.

Not quite sure which paediatric stethoscope is best for an anaesthetist? Or would you like to discuss your adult stethoscope? Do not hesitate to contact our team today for more information.