Tuesday, November 20, 2012

On Scene Review: Littman 3100 Electronic Stethoscope

About our Reviewer: I’m Scot A. Kreger PHRN. I started in EMS in 1984 as an Army Medic stationed at Ft. Ritchie, Md. While serving at Ft. Ritchie I obtained my Emergency Medical Technician.  Shortly after my discharge from the Army 1987 I became a Paramedic . In 2004 I graduated from Delaware County Community College with my Nursing Degree and started working at Brandywine Hospital. After 2 years of working in the Emergency Department I transferred to Medic 93 where I currently work for BWH.  So all told I have 30 years Emergency Medical Service experience. 


The Littmann 3100 Electronic Stethoscope is another in a line of superior Littmann Stethoscopes. Its weight is comparable to the Littmann Cardiology series of Stethoscopes while also maintaining the quality that Littmann is known for.  I mention the weight because when you look at it, you’ll notice that the end with the bell is bigger than on any other Littmann, this is because of the battery used in the 3100. A small AA battery is all that you need to increase the lung sounds and heart sounds you’re listening to, and the battery life should last you at least a year if not longer, this all depends on how often you use the stethoscope.  

A small but easy to read digital display shows you your volume level, which bell your using, and while taking a blood pressure or listening to heart sounds the patients pulse rate.  The 3100 features ambient noise reduction technology that is supposed to decrease the ambient noise heard while in the back of an ambulance. The only drawback to this technology is, a provider must remember not to try and listen to heart or lung sounds through a patients shirt or clothing. I’ve found on the many patients I’ve used this stethoscope on that it is best to apply the stethoscope directly to the patients skin.

Some of the setup features are: volume, the backlight, and the auto off feature. 

I’d recommend this stethoscope to experienced providers who are looking for that little extra edge in assessing and diagnosing patients in the field. The price for this stethoscope is comparable to the other Littmann Stethoscopes, and the craftsmanship and warranty are the same as you would expect from Littmann.

If you’re looking for a long lasting good stethoscope, I’d recommend the Littmann3100 Electronic Stethoscope, with the features it has, it is worth the money you’ll spend, and you’ll hear heart and lung sounds like you’ve never heard them before.


*all reviews are the honest opinion of our reviewers!

1 comment:

Muneer Ahmed said...

Has two headsets which permit the educationalist and understudy to perform concurrent auscultation. best stethoscope for er nurses