How long does your stethoscope usually last?
Until someone walks off with it.
My pops gave me his first stethoscope when I graduated. It’s a 35 year old Littmann. You can replace parts and send them in for tune-ups. :)
I still have the same stethoscope that I bought when I began nursing school 10 years ago. It’s a forest green Littman cost me $100 and it still works just as well as it did the first day I bought it.
I have had the same one since I graduated from
Nursing school in 2001. It was used heavily until 2016 and has been sitting mostly unused in my closet since then. When I picked it up recently (going back to patient care) I noticed it was getting stiff but still sounds good. It’s a Littman Cardiology.
the scrub shops care a cloth cover for the tubing. I use an old ratty looking one so everyone thinks I have a crappy stethoscope...they don't' take it!!
I’ve been a nurse for almost 11yrs and been through 3 lightweight littmans. Every single time it was bc someone stole it!
Get a Littmann. They last and the Littmann company will repair.
I have an ultrascope. It was like $30 15 years ago with a lifetime warranty. I have replaced every piece of it except the bell and all I had to do was pay shipping for the parts. Working home health was the worst on my stethoscope due to change in temperature constantly. This caused the tubing color to change and it was starting to dry rot.
I bought a Littman and had mine engraved. That decreased the likelihood of someone trying to take it as theirs.
Still using my sthoscope from nursing school 44 years ago.
Indeed the absolute truth and you may not see them again! If you do, they have amnesia, especially if it your nice “cardio”. 🤗
I have one that is 20 years old...my BP cuff didn't last but that scope intends to outlive me .
It lasts as long as doctors want it to last once they swipe it its game over.
someone broke in my car and stole it and my glasses a while back. If not, should be for a very long time
mine has always lasted just past the 10 year warranty!
Typically depends on how you handle it .