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At Hug Your Nurse we love product reviews. We will regularly review various products used by nurses and other medical professionals. From scrubs to nurse bags to nurse’s shoes, we will talk about it here and give you our honest opinions on them.

Hot Pink Prestige Medical Clinical Lite Stethoscope

Review- Best Stethoscopes For Nurses In 2015

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George Tall works in the legal field, is a father of three, and a husband of a RN for 25 years. He enjoys writing about everything, especially nursing! He has been writing for a living, at least partially, since around 2000. As an author on dozens of websites, he enjoys being factual, while spinning a bit of humor where possible.
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I can’t help it. I love writing top 10 stories, and combining it with some reviews is my specialty. With the help of my wife (Nurse Stacey) and a few of her coworkers, I came up with this list. We ended up with six great scopes for nurses to review. Of course these could also be used by mechanics, veterinarians and others, but since this site is really for nurses, I’ll stick with that for now. You can find all of these at Amazon (or other online retailers), and some of them can be purchased at your local medical supply stores. From my experience though, it’s always a lot cheaper to buy it online. The only reason I ever go to brick and mortar stores nowadays is because I can’t wait for it to be shipped to me.

With all of that said, here’s our review of the best nurses stethoscopes for 2015, with a product number to help you find it online. All of these are extremely popular, reasonably priced, have a ton of reviews from nurses and healthcare workers, have high quality, and are built to last. We will share a few reviews found online, along with our own opinions. Enjoy! :)

 

Omran Sprague Rappaport StethoscopeOmran Sprague Rappaport Stethoscope: At under $12 online, this is one of the least expensive quality pieces that you will find. Since most students are basically broke, this would be the #1 nursing student stethoscope, in our opinion. It would also be great to have as a backup to put in your nursing bag. Out of over 600 reviews on big A, it has 4 out of 5 stars. Considering the cheap price, that’s pretty dang good! It’s made with a latex free tubing and it has a chrome plated chest piece. It also has 3 different sizes of open bells, 2 different diaphragm sizes, a vinyl storage case to hold it, and 2 different pairs of ear tips. It’s a five in one multipurpose Quintscope. The item number is 416-22-BLK. One reviewer claimed that it had “nice clear thumps systolic to diastolic”, and even said that it was comparable to a Littman, at a fraction of the cost! Another MD with over 40 years of experience said that this is one of his favorites. Final review: it’s cheap, comes with everything you need, and it may end up being your favorite stethoscope.

 

3M Littmann Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope3M Littmann Lightweight II S.E. Stethoscope: This one will cost you right around $45 or so online, or you can buy one at your local store (probably for a lot more). The part/item model # is 2450. 3M Littmann is probably the most respected manufacturer in the business, and virtually all healthcare professionals have used their products. This one is known as their entry-level model. In other words, it’s not too cheaply built and you can afford it. It’s touted as being reliable, lightweight, and it has a clear acoustic response. You can also tune the diaphragm high frequency and low sounds with it. The tear drop shape makes it easy to put under a blood pressure cuff. The tips of the headset are also angled so that it fits comfortably in your ear canal. If you walk around wearing it on your neck all day, you will enjoy this instrument because it is the lightest one made by 3M that is built for adult patients. My favorite part of it is that it comes in so many colors such as: black, red, pink, blue, purple and green. If you’re into accessorizing with colors that match your outfits, it would be fun to have this in various colors. If you need a scope, but not a cardiac specific scope, this is the Littmann one to pick. As far as reviews of it online, there are over 1,200 just on Amazon. The overall rating comes in at 4.4, making it extremely popular. The most helpful review that I found online was from a medical student. She said that she has used this Littmann scope and much higher priced models that are specifically made for cardiologists. She said that this less expensive model was just as good to her. Final review: If you want a Littmann, go for it. It’s way cheaper than many of their models, the quality is great, and you can get it in fun colors that will put a smile on your face and make it harder for fellow nurses to steal/borrow.

 
ADC Adscope 609 ST StethoscopeADC Adscope 609 ST Stethoscope: With a price tag of only around $19 from online stores, it’s worth at least looking into this scope. The UPC for it is 634782062873. It’s manufactured in Taiwan. It’s dimensions are roughly 31″ x 1″ x 4″. With a weight of just 7.2 ounces, it’s one of the lightest scopes you will find. It also has a large bell measuring at roughly 1.5″, and a 1.75″ diaphragm. It comes with PVC coated ear tips, and a spare diaphragm. Out of around 165 reviews for it on Amazon, it has an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Taking a look at a bunch of reviews for it online, almost all of them where very positive. It surprised me because I would think that a cheap scope made in China would be garbage, but apparently I was wrong. I read several EMT workers and respiratory therapists that praised its quality and lightness. In one review a nursing school made a bulk purchase of them to give to their students, and they claim that all of them loved it. Whether it can truly be compared with a Littmann is debatable, but you can’t deny the affordability of it. Final review: Despite my expectations, it’s apparently well made and affordable.

 

Hot Pink Prestige Medical Clinical Lite StethoscopeHot Pink Prestige Medical Clinical Lite Stethoscope: It’s hot pink, and it’s cheap. Enough said! :) I’m really impressed that prestige can make such a good-looking scope and sell it online for only around $17, and actually make a profit off of it. This Clinical Lite model made by Prestige has two different sizes of ear tips that comes with it. If one size is too big or small for you, just try the other one. That is really smart! The rim and diaphragm (it comes with an extra one) can both be taken off and easily snapped back on. As the “Lite” name implies, this is their lightest scope (just 4 ounces) built for clinicals, so it won’t weigh down on your neck when you’re in clinicals at school. Their secret to keeping the weight down is that it is manufactured from anodized aluminum. The UPC # is 786511560065. Out of the 140 or so reviews of it that I found online, it had almost 4 out of 5 stars. Most of the reviews that I read were really positive, but it’s probably important to note that this scope is really designed for nursing school clinicals, or healthcare workers that don’t need scopes that are extremely sensitive and precise. In other words, if you’re a heart surgeon, this probably isn’t the model for you. If you are a vet, student or EMT worker, it will probably work just fine. At only $17, it’s worth it just to find out. Final review: We love the color! This is so bright and shockingly pink that it’s worth buying just to have an accessory!

 
Second Generation  RA Bock Cardiology Dual-Head StethoscopeSecond Generation  RA Bock Cardiology Dual-Head Stethoscope With Stainless Steel Chest Piece: That’s a mouthful! Manufactured by R.A. Bock, if you buy this scope online it will set you back around $55. If you buy it from a medical store, you can expect to spend around $150 for it. That is exactly why we try to talk everyone into buying their supplies and tools online! This is an actual dual head cardiology scope. It has an adjustable double leaf binaural spring. It comes with three sets of extra ear tips and a spare diaphragm. Inside of it there are dual side by side tubings inside of a single tube. The tube is roughly 2 feet long. The chest piece is made out of a solid steel. It’s a true quality product, yet it’s still affordable. That’s a good combo! Looking at many of the reviews that I found for it on the internet, it has more than 4 out of 5 stars with over 200 reviews. The review that I found to be the most interesting was from an MD. He said that if you are looking into buying a Littmann Cardiology III, you should stop and buy this one. He said that the quality was just as good, if not better. At about 1/3 of the price of an upper end Littmann scope, I was sold. Other reviewers were also impressed by the positioning of the headset. They said that it created the perfect seal which made the quality of the sound perfect. Final review: If you need a fancy scope, but don’t want to pay the big money, this is an ideal solution.

3M Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope3M Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope: This is the “big daddy” that every healthcare worker either has, or wishes that they had. The only problem is that it retails for around $205! If you really want the Cardiology 3 scope, you can save yourself quite a bit by searching around online for one. You can get a used one (ewww?) for under $100, or even a new one at sites like Amazon for around $150 (with free shipping). It has a 27″ tube. It comes in a ton of colors such as black, red, blue, brown, pink, green, grey, purple, white, and a lot of variations in between. It has a dual sided chest piece, 2 diaphragms that are tunable, and the two in one tube design gets rid of noise interference from two tubes rubbing against each other. The headset is also angled so that feels comfortable when inserting the scope’s ear pieces in the ear. It’s built so well that it comes with a five-year manufacturer’s warranty! If you’re looking for a versatile scope that has some of the best acoustic qualities on the market, this is it. Looking at its reviews online, you will be impressed. At Amazon alone, there were 800 reviews, with it scoring a whopping 4.7 out of 5 stars! A reviewer explained there that you can easily convert it from pediatrics to adult patients use by simply rotating the stem of the chest piece. Another nurse claimed that the Cardiology III scope transmits sounds from the abdomen, heart and lungs better than any stethoscope he’s ever had. Final review: If you have the money to spend, buy it.

So what do you think about our list of stethoscopes for nurses in 2015? Are there any models that we haven’t shown that need to be included? Do you have a review or any comments to add? We would love to hear from you!

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Review: Digital Breathalyzer Blood Alcohol Content Breath Tester

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George Tall works in the legal field, is a father of three, and a husband of a RN for 25 years. He enjoys writing about everything, especially nursing! He has been writing for a living, at least partially, since around 2000. As an author on dozens of websites, he enjoys being factual, while spinning a bit of humor where possible.
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digital breathalyzerIf you are a nurse that doesn’t want to lose your job and your license (unless you’re ready to quit nursing), then this little gadget may be the perfect tool for you, assuming that you have a few drinks every now and then. It’s a digital and portable breathalyzer. It measures your blood alcohol content (BAC) to determine if you have had too much to drink before you drive (or go to work!).

The manufacturer is Gadgets R Us. This is their Executive Edition which is sleek, small, highly accurate and built to last. I found it at one local store, but you can but it online (try Amazon item #GDGT-75228) for $85. I know that you can find cheaper alcohol breath testers, but this one is well worth the money.

To use it you simply turn it on, blow into it for five seconds, and then read the digital display. If you are over the legal limit, you don’t even have to read it because it will give you audio warnings to tell you not to drive (you’re dunk!). It runs off of three AAA batteries, which are not included.

Because it is well built and small enough to be portable, you can tuck it into your purse or nursing bag to have easy access to it. I have a similar one that I keep in my glove box. At first it may just be a party novelty thing (to see how drunk you can get), but it is built to be a life saver.

If you have this breathalyzer, or a similar one, I would love to hear your review or comments about it. Feel free to leave a comment in the box below this post.

P.S. The below video shows how breathalyzers work.

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Review: Tweety Bird Scrub Top

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George Tall works in the legal field, is a father of three, and a husband of a RN for 25 years. He enjoys writing about everything, especially nursing! He has been writing for a living, at least partially, since around 2000. As an author on dozens of websites, he enjoys being factual, while spinning a bit of humor where possible.
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tweety bird scrub top shirtIf you are dealing with young patients, or young at heart, these Tweety Bird scrub tops are absolutely perfect for you. I may even like these scrubs better than the Minnie Mouse ones that we last reviewed.

You can purchase these online at sites such as Amazon. The price is anywhere from $19 to $25, and I would call that a bargain considering how well made and colorful these are.

The manufacturer is Cherokee, and the item # on Amazon is 6732C. They are made from a polyester/cotton fabric, and they have stretchy side panels. The base color is black and there are pictures of Tweety Bird (the lovable cartoon character) all over it. There are also various sayings on it such as “love and peace”, “tweet me wight”, and “my heart’s all a twitter”. It also has peace signs and flowers on it.

This scrub shirt is so cute, colorful, fun, cute and amazing! Your patients will be smiling, and your coworkers will be insanely jealous. You can match it with different color bottom, but I would say that black bottoms would make the most sense.

As with the Disney Minnie Mouse top, this one also lets you bend over and reach above your head without being restricted. It’s really comfortable and giving, which is a huge plus if you are active at work.

Out of all of the reviews online, this one has gotten almost all 5 starts out of 5, and rightfully so. Our final review of the Tweety Bird top is just go buy it! We love it!

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Review: Minnie Mouse Pink Scrub Top

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George Tall works in the legal field, is a father of three, and a husband of a RN for 25 years. He enjoys writing about everything, especially nursing! He has been writing for a living, at least partially, since around 2000. As an author on dozens of websites, he enjoys being factual, while spinning a bit of humor where possible.
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disney pink minnie mouse scrub topNurse Stacey (my wife) is absolutely addicted to anything Disney, especially Mickey and Minnie, so this is the perfect scrub shirt for our first uniform review.

The item is the Pink Disney Scrub Top that is manufactured by Cherokee. You can buy this cute pink scrub shirt online at Amazon for around $20-$25. The item number is 6732C. Out of 47 reviews it has 4.5 stars (very good!).

It is made out of poly-cotton, and matching bottoms are available for it. You can also match this top scrub with a solid black bottom, as the sides of the shirt are black. The primary color is pink, and it has black colored side panels. It is highly recommended for pediatrics nurses simply because the Minnie Mouse patterns all over it will put a smile on your young patients’ faces!

The inserts on the sides are “stretchy”, so it has a lot of give-and-take in it. In other words, when you bend to pick something up it will give a bit instead of trying to stop you. You can reach over your head to get something and this top will not try to restrict you. It is really comfortable for this reason.

It also has two large pockets that have plenty of room to store your pens, pencils, notes and other supplies.

If you want a really cute Disney scrub top that is adorable, bright, fun and truly comfortable, I can’t imagine a better choice that this one. I agree with all of the other reviewers that this is at least a 4.5 out of 5 star scrub.

 

 

Smart Blood Pressure Monitor For iPhone Withings review

Review: Smart Blood Pressure Monitor For iPhone

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George Tall works in the legal field, is a father of three, and a husband of a RN for 25 years. He enjoys writing about everything, especially nursing! He has been writing for a living, at least partially, since around 2000. As an author on dozens of websites, he enjoys being factual, while spinning a bit of humor where possible.
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Smart Blood Pressure Monitor For iPhone Withings reviewAll nurses are practically obsessed with measuring blood pressures, and rightfully so. Those that work in the trauma units know all too well the effects of a high blood pressure (heart attacks). As technology progresses, and the whole world becomes connected in just about every possible way, the next big wave is already here- smart blood pressure monitors that can monitor your pressure with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The technology behind it is simply amazing! Hopefully, with this review we will be able to fully explain it to you.

Before we go any further, let me point out that there is another smart blood pressure model for the Apple and Android smart phones, but we will focus on that one in another article.

Since nurses tend to be interested in technology that merges with healthcare, we wanted to review the Smart Blood Pressure Monitor by Withings. It is literally the first monitor that was designed to be used with the iPhone. At around $188 on Amazon, it’s not cheap, but the price is justified by the design and what it is capable of doing.

 

Before we discuss what it can do, let’s talk about some product specifics and requirements:

  • The blood pressure accuracy is within 2%.
  • The heart rate accuracy is within 5%.
  • The cuff circumference is 9″ to 17″.
  • It has an automatic inflation and a controlled release.
  • Your iPhone must me a model 3GS or newer.
  • If you are using an iPad, it must be an iPad 2 or newer.
  • To use it with an iPod Touch, you must have the 4th generation or newer.
  • Requires a minimum of IOS 6.
  • Approved by the FDA as a Class II device.
  • The box comes with the monitor, batteries that are installed and a manual.

 

So how does this Smart Blood Pressure Monitor work, and what will it do?

  • You connect the cuff to your iPhone (or other device) with an adapter.
  • Using the free app, you start the device with your phone.
  • With one gesture it takes the reading.
  • Your results are displayed and stored on your iPhone.
  • You can review historical readings for comparison.
  • You can send the information directly to your doctor!
  • You can sync the results with other health apps.

 

Did you read that? You can actually send the results directly to your doctor! Instead of logging all of your measurements on paper for weeks, and then bringing those to the doctor, you simply take the measurement, the phone records it, and all of the information is sent to your doctor for analysis. That is space age technology!

Taking a quick look at the reviews for the  Smart Blood Pressure Monitor by Withings at Amazon, it has an overall 4 star review, with roughly 300 out of 500 reviews being 5 stars. Most reviewers said that it is fast, easy to use, and has made their self monitoring so much easier. We want one badly, and will probably add it to our list of nurse gift ideas asap!

As soon as I get one and try it myself I will come back to this page to give my final review. Until then, if you have tried this product and would like to share your opinion, we would love to hear from you! Simply leave us a comment in the box below.