Littmann Classic iii Review

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The 3M Littmann Classic iii Stethoscope offers high acoustic performance. It’s tunable diaphragm is a real timesaver during diagnostics. The stethoscope also has a renewed design that makes it far easier to clean than before. At less than $100 on amazon, there is very little risk for this essential tool if you study or work in the medical field.

The stethoscope is the latest version of a classic that has helped clinicians perform at their best for years. It has been used by students and medical professionals to identify, study and listen to heart and lung sounds. It has a better acoustic performance than the Lightweight stethoscope. Reportedly the Classic handles lower-frequency sounds much better than the Lightweight.

Littmann classic III stethoscope

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The patented tunable diaphragm technology allows you to hear different frequency sounds just by pressing. In order to hear low frequency sounds, press down normally. However if you want to hear high frequency sounds, just press harder down on the chestpiece. In this way you can focus more on your patient, rather than on your tools. In addition the non-chill rim that features every Littmann stethoscope helps your patient feel even more comfortable.

Pulling apart or squeezing the eartubes allows for easy headset-tension adjustment. The eartips, that are specially molded to snugly fit your ear, provide a tight fit. No more will they pop out of your ear during an auscultation.

Resilient next-generation tubing retains its shape and flexibility even after it’s been folded away into a pocket. It provides longer stethoscope life. due to improved resistance to skin oils and alcohol, and is less likely to pick up stains. Next-generation tubing is not made with natural rubber latex, a benefit to sensitive medical professionals and their patients. And, to play its part in the protection of human health and the environment, the next-generation tubing does not contain phthalate plasticizers.

The Littmann Classic iii stethoscope is made in the USA for consistent quality. It comes complete with large and small soft-sealing eartips, non-chill bell sleeve, and instructions.

 

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Here’s what makes the Littmann Classic iii stethoscope stand out:

 

 

Customer reviews for the Littmann Classic iii: (taken from littmann.com)

★★★★ 4 out of 5 stars.

3M Littmann Classic III tubing

I am pleased to say I am happy with the replacement tubing and cleaning of my daughter’s 3M Littmann III stethoscope. The original tubing had started to crack after plenty of use, it was purchased back in December 2015. I like the way you can find the product information by using the serial number. Thank you.

  Response from 3m-littmann:

Hello — We are so glad we were able to help replace the tubing of your daughter’s stethoscope and give it an overall cleaning. That’s great to hear that our service and warranty tool made it easy for you! It is an honor to serve her as she makes a difference in people’s lives!

 


★★★★★ 5 out of 5 stars.

Great set of ears

I have been an EMT for a year in a busy 911 service and I hear better with this than most others, also love the pediatric side, very useful!

 


★★★★★ 5 out of 5 stars.

LONG lasting!

Bought mine 14 years ago in the rasberry color. its still bright and brand new looking! works great. wont buy any other style

 


 

Possible issues:

On some occasions it has been reported that the diaphragm tends to detach too easily in the Littmann classic iii.
It seems to be a design issue. the “furrow” holding the diaphragm is too superficial and the diaphragm rim doesn’t have enough grasp to stay in place.
Whenever you try to auscultate an overweight patient or a weak patient that can’t lean forward enough to allow good space between their back and the bed, you’ll end up “sliding” the stethoscope in and once in a while, the diaphragm will come off.

What happens also in some cases, is that if you’re not attentive, you basically loose the diaphragm. Littmann has warranty though and they will send you replacements.
In the classic II however this problem has never come up. So buyer be ware!

Let us know how you get on with your Littmann Classic iii. If you are looking to buy one make sure you get the best price here, on amazon.com.

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Jacob Nyman

Jacob Nyman is an expert when it comes to stethoscopes. Ever since he was 10 years old he has been handling stethoscopes starting with the very first Littmann stethoscopes that came out in the sixties!

2 Comments

  1. For a pediatrician littmann classic 2 pediatric or classic 3

    • Thanks for the comment! Have you personally had experience with the Classic 3? If so did the diaphragm tend to come off for you?

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