What to look for in a good stethoscope

What to look for in a good stethoscope

The stethoscope is identifying equipment for a doctor. Whenever you have seen a doctor whether in real life or on TV, you have seen him with a stethoscope. In fact, even in toys, the basic equipment of doctors includes foremost a stethoscope. If a person is wearing a white coat and a stethoscope then you label him to be a doctor without thinking twice.

Do all doctors use the same stethoscope?

Do you like me think that all stethoscopes are similar? I used to think that as they all look the same, they must be the same. But you will be surprised as well that actually they are not only different but individually preferred by doctors. Kind of reminds you of Harry Potter, where each wand was preferred by an individual magician. Similarly, each doctor selects or prefers using a stethoscope by its acoustic ability, and comfort, and ease of use.

Besides, stethoscopes are categorised broadly as:


  • General or classic
  • Cardiology
  • Electronic
  • Teaching
  • Nurse
  • Infant
  • Veterinary

All of these are designed according to the purpose they fulfil and the sensitivity of their tasks. For example, the cardiology stethoscope is more sensitive in acoustic than the classic one. Their pricing is also dependent on their type.

What features define a good stethoscope?

Although choosing a stethoscope is like choosing a glove, one cannot fit all. However, since it is very sensitive equipment and a patient’s diagnosis or life can depend on it, so what you should look for in a good stethoscope generally is similar.

You do need specific points to identify them further but the general overall features regarding the performance and reliability are the same. Here are a few features you should look for; rather make sure of it in any and every stethoscope you choose:


1. Acoustic

The stethoscope is an instrument used to listen to the sound, be it pulse or fluid or abdominal gas etc. The purpose is to listen. So this is the most important feature of any stethoscope. How well the sound of a pulse is handled in the stethoscope and can be heard at the other end is the whole purpose of making a stethoscope.

But selecting the best stethoscope based on its acoustic is not the same for everyone. Do we all have the same hearing ability? Well…. Your answer will be NO of course! So how can we need the same kind of sound sensitive device?

For doctors who have good hearing and the purpose they need to buy the stethoscope for is general, then a classic one can do their work. But a person who has hearing problems will need a hearing impaired one. Similarly, a cardiologist will need a different one and a nurse or a paediatric will need a different one.


2. Materials used

The material used to make a stethoscope should be durable and long lasting. In addition to that the material used, which is usually rubber and aluminium, should be of top quality so it doesn’t affect the weight and acoustic of the stethoscope.

3. Comfort and ease of use

A doctor or nurse will be using a stethoscope most of the time while on duty, when not using it, it will be hanging around their neck. So for their comfort, it should be lightweight. It should also be very easy to use and handle. The earpieces should not be rough and the rubber tubes should not be short and stiff. The purpose of the stethoscope is to enhance their performance, not hinder it.

What to consider while choosing a stethoscope?

Well after all the discussion and details above, I can only summarise that the bottom line is that choosing the right stethoscope depends on the following:


  • What kinds of patients you will be dealing with.
  • What type of environment you will be working in.
  • What amount of money do you have in your budget.

Like all important equipment, you need to protect your stethoscope and keep it clean so it can be used for a longer period and its efficiency doesn’t get affected. Consider it an investment and look after it because getting a good stethoscope can cost you a bit.

You can also personalise it by labelling or getting your initials carved on it. You can do the same for a doctor or nurse and give it to them as a gift!

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Last Updated on July 5, 2019

5 Reasons Why You Should Always Be Yourself

5 Reasons Why You Should Always Be Yourself

When it comes to being yourself, there can be a lot of pressure from the outside world as it tries to influence who you are. Living in a society that is constantly developing, it’s important for you to always be yourself from the inside out. When you deeply know yourself and the boundaries that you have set, you are more likely to experience a fulfilling and rewarding life. Without knowing yourself and establishing those boundaries, you can easily be pushed around and end up on a dirt path.

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” – Matthew 7:13-14

You have the option of taking the path that is broad or taking the path that is narrow. You can either conform to what life wants you to be, or have the courage to remain true to yourself throughout the years. It’s definitely a challenge to have a strong sense of self when we are constantly getting distracted and being influenced by the media and society’s way of life. But if you want to reach your fullest potential in life, it all starts with being yourself.


Why should you always be yourself?

Because you will:

  1. Live in alignment with your values and beliefs. Being yourself is all about knowing what you believe in and the values that you live by. When you are not yourself, you will take on the values and beliefs of others. This is when you start conforming to other people’s expectations and way of thinking. When you know your values and why you do what you do, you will live according to your own values and beliefs.
  2. Establish your own identity. When you are able to have a solid foundation of being you, you are establishing your own sense of identity. No matter what happens in your life, you will always know who you are. There will be times where you may feel lost or distracted, but if you have your own identity you’ll be able to get back on the right path. Without establishing your own identity, you may easily conform and lose yourself.
  3. Build courage. It takes a great amount of courage when you decide to take the path that goes against the crowd. The reason why the majority of people take the broad path is because it’s easy. It’s easy to just follow the crowd. It’s more of a challenge when you stay true to yourself and establish your own identity. This challenge of always being yourself takes courage and inner strength. No matter what comes your way, you’ll know how to handle it.
  4. Establish boundaries. When you are always yourself, you know what your limits are and the boundaries that you have set for yourself. When people cross your boundaries, you will know. But if you don’t establish boundaries, people may very well walk all over you and take advantage of you. If you are always yourself and you establish boundaries, you are more likely to be aware when people start taking advantage of you. Create and establish your boundaries.
  5. Find focus and direction. When you are always yourself, you are more likely to have focus and direction in your life. Imagine someone who is constantly conforming to other people’s expectations. Do you think this person has focus and direction? I don’t think so. When you stay true to who you are, you are more likely to know the goals you want to accomplish and how to go about accomplishing them. You are able to stay focused and know which direction to take in order for you to accomplish your goals.

No matter what you experience in life, the only person that will always remain constant is you.


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