With its minimal weight and custom-fitting headset and ear tips, the Professional is one of the most comfortable and versatile general-use stethoscopes manufactured today. Its acoustics allow for accurate auscultation of cardiac, pulmonary, and vascular sounds.
- Longer 28" Length
- General-use stethoscope
- Stainless steel double-head (bell and flat diaphragm) chestpiece with nonchill rim
- Rotatable in binaurals and interchangeable comfort sealing ear tips
- 5-year warranty
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Pros: Lightweight. Cons: Sound is not as good as I would like.
Pros: When nursing school started, a buddy of mine gave me one of these (wow - free steth!). It is quite light in weight, and generally it fits in my ears well (I had to use the small hard plastic ear buds to adequately filter out ambient noise. The softer earbuds didn't seal them out well enough). Overall build quality is fine. I'm sure it will hold up for years of usage. It is a basic style, professional in appearance. It also comes with a name tag, albeit a rather cheap and easily removed one! It is very sensitive, and if you keep yourself and patient VERY still and don't have anything touching the diaphragm, you can use it for general auscultations.Cons: Despite the positives, I bought a Littmann Classic SE II and prefer that instead. The Welch Allyn picks up EVERY noise it possible! Any brushing of the lumen, or contact with a BP cuff by the diaphragm was amplified beyond belief, drowning out all but the strongest of brachial and apical pulses. The comfort for long-term usage was also lacking. The Littmann, frankly, beats it in every category hands down. Still, I DO like this WA steth, but I will probably only use it when we do clinicals in the 'sketchier' parts of town in case it decides to 'walk off' since I won't be out any money. The WA will work great for some, but not me (I'm still too inexperienced to pick out subtle auscultation sounds from background noise). In more expereinced hands (or ears) it should do well.