At the Littmann® booth at the recent National Teaching Institure & Critical Care Exposition, in Houston, Texas, the Medisave team had the pleasure of assisting a member of stethoscope royalty in choosing herself a new stethoscope…
Attending the event was Lisa Littmann Cranford – granddaughter of the legendary Dr. David Littmann, founder of Littmann® stethoscopes and inventor of the dual-headed chestpiece design that is still the backbone of Littmann® stethoscope technology to this day.
Whilst getting her new mirror finish Littmann Cardiology IV laser engraved at the booth Lisa was kind enough to share some fascinating insight into the human story behind the brand. She even brought along her grandfathers original Littmann stethoscope!
Stunning New Colors Of The Flagship Stethoscope From 3M Littmann®
When Littmann® launched their new Cardiology IV stethoscope range, they redefined what was possible with mechanical stethoscopes. Since its release in March 2016, we have been inundated with requests for Special Finish versions. This month, Littmann® have unveiled eight striking new Cardiology IV Special Editions that are guaranteed to catch the eye of your colleagues and patients alike.
Featuring the same next generation technology as the standard Cardiology IV stethoscopes, the new finishes give a touch of individuality to this icon of clinical expertise, giving you a chance to express your personality.
Cardiology IV Black & Smoke – 6162
Cardiology IV All Black – 6163
Cardiology IV Black & Brass – 6164
Cardiology IV Black Rainbow – 6165
Cardiology IV Plum & Smoke – 6166
Cardiology IV Navy & Black Finish – 6168
Cardiology IV Turquoise & Smoke – 6171
Cardiology IV Raspberry & Smoke – 6178
There’s Never Been A Better Time To Upgrade
Littmann® has always been a byword for quality and the Cardiology IV is no different. All Cardiology IV stethoscopes come with a 7 year warranty so if yours becomes damaged Littmann® will repair it, free of charge. The chestpiece and tubing is designed with infection control in mind. Simply cleaning with an alcohol wipe will kill and remove most pathogens and keep the stethoscope in top condition.
The all new Cardiology IV offers superior acoustic performance, this latest model is ideal for medical students, MDs, respiratory specialists, EMTs, child specialists and cardiologists. It’s the product of 30 + years of specific cardiology model development by the 3M Littmann team, who have been producing industry leading stethoscopes for nearly five decades’ now.
The Littmann Cardiology IV offers an entirely redesigned bell with a new, single-piece tuneable diaphragm, specifically designed for the Cardiology IV. This offers high acoustic sensitivity, allowing the user to switch from high frequency, to low frequency sounds by simply adjusting the pressure applied to the chestpiece. In addition to offering superior acoustics, the redesign makes for a smoother, crevice-free surface, making it easier to keep clean and decontaminate.
The Littmann Cardiology III has been the stethoscope of choice for many medical practitioners for years. Its successor, the Littmann Cardiology IV, looks set to command even greater respect from medical professionals, raising the bar yet further!
Features of the new Littmann Cardiology IV stethoscope
Entirely redesigned bell for maximum acoustic sensitivity.
Single piece dual tuneable diaphragm, making them easier to replace, decontaminate and clean.
Chestpiece orientation indicator, giving an immediate visual as to whether it’s in adult or pediatric diaphragm operation.
Non-chill bell sleeve to allow pediatric side to be changed into a traditional bell.
Littmann performance rating of 9 out of 10.
Available in a wide variety of colors and a 22” black version (6151).
The latest generation of binaural tubing, longer life and highly durable!
7-year manufacturer backed warranty including free repair for any defects in manufacturing or material.
Whatever model of Littmann stethoscope you buy, make sure that you purchase it from a Littmann Authorized Distributor to be certain of receiving a genuine Littmann product.
We have encountered a number of fake Littmann stethoscopes, typically purchased at bargain prices from auction sites. To other than an expert eye, one of these stethoscopes will likely look real, complete with branded box, Littmann chestpiece logo and fake serial number.
Counterfeit stethoscopes may not provide the same outstanding acoustic quality and range of a genuine Littmann brand product and could compromise clinical diagnosis. Click here for more details.
This year is the two hundredth anniversary of the invention of the stethoscope. Incredibly, today’s symbol of medical professionalism began life as a sheet of paper used to protect a young lady’s modesty.
Two hundred years ago, medicine was practised very differently from today. While many doctors enjoyed some formal education, their knowledge of human physiology was decidedly patchy. Anatomy was perhaps a little better understood, particularly where there was access to cadavers for study.
In part, development of most branches of medicine was also held back by social attitudes and conventions. Today there may still be a moment of awkward embarrassment when discussing some aspects of the body with a patient. Two hundred years ago, the importance attached to privacy could prevent physicians making proper examinations.
Modesty prompts medical innovation
In 1816, a 35 year old French doctor, René Laennec, was presented with what he later described as an overweight young lady with ‘general symptoms of diseased heart’. Laennec had recently been appointed chief physician at Hôpital Necker, in Paris.
His medical training had included using the sounds of the body as a diagnostic method. However, in this case, the ‘age and sex of the patient’, along with her ‘great degree of fatness’ made the usual practice of putting the ear to the patient’s chest both inappropriate and ineffective.
Three years later he wrote down what happened next. “I happened to recollect a simple and well-known fact in acoustics… the great distinctness with which we hear the scratch of a pin at one end of a piece of wood on applying our ear to the other. Immediately, on this suggestion, I rolled a quire of paper into a kind of cylinder and applied one end of it to the region of the heart and the other to my ear, and was not a little surprised and pleased to find that I could thereby perceive the action of the heart in a manner much more clear and distinct than I had ever been able to do by the immediate application of my ear.”
With that flash of inspiration, the principle of auscultation was established.
From quire of paper to medical instrument
Laennec didn’t continue using rolls of paper as part of his diagnostic technique for very long. Believing his discovery to be a significant advance in medical practice, he dedicated a huge amount of time to developing his new technique for diagnosis.
He experimented with different materials to discover which would be most suitable for a more robust device. Glass and metal were rejected, along with a lightweight funnel made from goldbeater’s skin – animal membrane used to create a fine parchment.
Laennec’s first satisfactory instrument, which he called a stethoscope, was a wooden cylinder about 30cm long and hollowed out into a funnel shape. He was very particular about the dimensions, having established these as giving the best results.
You can see Laennec’s original stethoscope in the Science Museum, London.
The stethoscope provokes ridicule and resistance
As with so many innovations, not everyone immediately recognised the potential of the stethoscope.
In 1818, Laennec introduced his discovery to the French medical establishment by giving a talk at the Academy of Sciences. The following year he published details of the stethoscope and its role in diagnosis in his book ‘De l’auscultation médiate’.
Some distrusted the notion of using a tube to improve diagnosis, while others openly mocked it. Had his book focused entirely on the instrument, it may have been overlooked, but it also included detailed and valuable descriptions of diseases of the chest. Laennec documented details of specific cases, describing the symptoms observed in a patient and his subsequent findings during dissection after death.
Younger members of the medical profession in Paris responded more positively to Laennec’s ideas about using a stethoscope. Their enthusiasm helped spread the word across Europe over the next few years.
The sad fate of the inventor of the stethoscope
Having spent some years away from Paris, writing his book, Laennec returned in 1821 to continue his work at Hôpital Necker. He was soon appointed Chair of Medicine in the College of France and then Professor of Clinical Medicine.
While he lectured and wrote, medical practitioners from across Europe came to Paris in order to learn about the stethoscope and to meet its creator.
Laennec had never enjoyed good health and in early 1826 his condition deteriorated. In an ironic twist, the inventor of the stethoscope, one of modern medicine’s most valued tools, was subjected to medieval medical treatments including bloodletting. He died of tuberculosis on 13 August 1826.
Counterfeit stethoscopes may compromise clinical diagnosis warns global manufacturer 3M. An extended distributor registration programme across West Europe guarantees the validity of your Littmann stethoscope purchase.
As a medical professional, you need your tools of the trade to perform to the highest standards – and that’s why you choose a Littmann brand stethoscope from 3M, synonymous with acoustic excellence. But do you take the same care about where you purchase your Littmann stethoscope from?
The Internet abounds with auction sites offering Littmann stethoscopes at bargain prices – often at 30 to 40 per cent lower than the recommended retail price. The seller may also advertise high volumes of available stock. But whilst everybody likes a bargain, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Some offerings may also get close to the retail price and further fool you into thinking you are getting a genuine product.
Counterfeit stethoscopes are becoming more sophisticated and closer in appearance to the genuine article. To other than an expert eye, the stethoscope will likely look real, with a branded box, current colour of tubing, Littmann chestpiece logo, soft-sealing ear tips and product information leaflet. It may also carry a lot number, serial number and fake CE mark as well. But what about its performance?
“Counterfeit stethoscopes may not provide the same outstanding acoustic quality and range of a genuine Littmann brand product,” says Jonathan Neachell, 3M West Europe business manager. “This could compromise your clinical diagnosis of a patient by being unable to hear the full spectrum of body sounds and at the right volume. Counterfeit stethoscopes may also be made with substandard materials or lack key features of a genuine Littmann stethoscope,” he adds.
So how do you ensure that your Littmann stethoscope is genuine? By always purchasing from a business site that carries the ‘Authorized 3M Littmann Stethoscope Distributor’ logo. Now extended to 3M-appointed distributors across West Europe, the logo represents your assurance that you are buying a product that reflects many years of investment in auscultation innovation by 3M.
Combat counterfeits – always buy with confidence from an ‘Authorized 3M Littmann Stethoscope Distributor’. For further information, please visit www.littmann.com
Like so many tools of the trade, your stethoscope is really easy to use but takes practice to master.
Auscultation (listening to internal sounds made by the body) has been medical practice for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years, but the science advanced rapidly with the invention of the stethoscope in the early nineteenth century.
Now Littmann, pioneers in stethoscope design and use for over 50 years, have launched a unique, interactive learning experience that will benefit a new generation of medical students.
Free 3M Littmann Learning App
For a limited period, this new experience, the 3M Littmann Learning App, is entirely free when you buy any new Littmann stethoscope from us.
If you already own a stethoscope, a basic version of the app can be downloaded for free onto Android or Apple devices and the premium version unlocked for $50.
3M Littmann Learning App for healthcare professionals
Learning to distinguish between the variety of different sounds made by the heart and lungs demands skill and practice.
The new Littmann Learning App allows you to hear cardiac and pulmonary sounds and to test yourself by answering multiple-choice questions. Some of these tests are in a practical examination style, complete with genuine patient histories and sounds.
The app will benefit both medical students and others setting out on their medical career, and more experienced professionals keen to update their knowledge.
It’s really easy to to use the voucher code. Just download the free version of the 3M Littmann Learning App from either the Google Play store (Android) or the Apple App Store. Then apply your voucher code to convert the app from basic to premium.
The voucher code is only available when you purchase a Littmann stethoscope through an authorized 3M Littmann distributor and only during the promotional period.
This year, hundreds of medical schools will host a White Coat Ceremony for the thousands of medical students embarking on the journey to becoming a physician. Here’s our short guide to what’s involved in this rite of passage.
What’s the most stressful part of applying to medical school? You may be surprised that many medical students say it wasn’t securing the MCAT scores or nailing an outstanding transcript—what really made them sweat was getting those precious letters of recommendation.
Why did getting a professor to write a letter of recommendation become, at least for some, a crazy nightmare of missed deadlines and sleepless nights? Because the students didn’t plan ahead. As a result, they risked their application being rejected as incomplete.
You’re already one step closer to your letters of recommendation
By taking the time to read through this checklist, you’re already getting ahead of many other medical school applicants.
This checklist is based on feedback from students, professors and medical schools. While we can’t guarantee that following these steps will secure you a place in the medical school of your choice, you’ll be helping give yourself the best possible chance of achieving that ambition.
The holiday season, which we’ve all been looking forward to for weeks, is finally here. But with it inevitably follow a string of events that you wish never happened! From food fiascos to forgetting the names of relatives who always remember yours, the holidays definitely have their misgivings, which will give you something to laugh about for years to come.
But as a medical professional, you probably deal with Christmas accidents much more serious than these common blunders remotely compares to the sort of Christmas accidents that the good folks at the ER have to witness every year. If you’ve worked in the ER during the holidays, then you’ll no doubt have a tale or two of your own to tell.