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Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope - Chestpiece and Tube(Rainbow Finish)

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  • Littmann performance rating 9/10
  • Combination chestpiece with large side for adult patients / small side for paediatric patients
  • Possible conversion of small side into a traditional bell by removing the diaphragm and replacing with the non-chill rim
  • Comfortable fit and excellent acoustic seal with patented 3M Littmann Snap-Tight Soft Sealing Eartips
  • 69 cm (27 in) double lumen tubing, five-year warranty, made in the U.S.A.
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3M Littmann Cardiology III Stethoscope

The 3M Littmann Cardiology III stethoscope is designed to be innovative and versatile in auscultation technology. Used as a diagnostic tool as part of the physical assessment of cardiac, adult and paediatric patients. Ideally suited for: cardiologists, critical care nurses, EMT, ER doctor, nurse practitioner, paediatric specialist, physician assistant, registered nurse, respiratory specialists, medical students and nursing students.


Combination chest piece with one side sized for adults and the other side sized for paediatrics. Both the large and small sides allow you to hear either low or high frequency sounds by simply applying varying pressure - light pressure for low sounds or firm pressure for high sounds utilising 3M’s own tunable technology.

The large side can be used for auscultating patients while the small side is especially useful with paediatric or thin patients. The smaller diaphragm can also be converted to a traditional bell by replacing with the non-chill rim (supplied).

Tunable diaphragm

3M has made this stethoscope with the tunable diaphragm technology which allows you to alternate between low and high-frequency sounds without removing the chestpiece. this allows for enhanced quality and efficiency in auscultation.

Tunable Diaphragm Technology

Tunable technology provides convenience, versatility and enhanced acoustics. The dual frequency diaphragm combines both bell (low-frequency) and diaphragm (high frequency) into a single side of the chestpiece. You control bell and diaphragm modes by pressure on the chestpiece rather than by turning it over.

There are two patented tunable diaphragms allowing you to listen to both low and high frequency sounds; Bell Mode and Diaphragm Mode.

Bell Mode

(low-frequency) For low-frequency sounds, light contact is used on the chestpiece. The diaphragm membrane is contained by a flexible surround that actually suspends it, allowing the membrane to resonate low-frequency sounds.

Diaphragm Mode

(high-frequency) For high-frequency sounds, firm contact pressure is used on the chestpiece. By pressing on the chestpiece, the diaphragm membrane moves inward until it reaches an internal ring. The ring simply restricts the diaphragm membrane's movement. It blocks, or attenuates, low-frequency sound and allows you to hear the higher frequency sounds.

Double-lumen tubing

Fewer unwanted rubbing noises are heard because of the special double lumen tubing which enhances acoustic sensitivity.

Superior sound quality

Excellent acoustic seal and comfortable fit with patented 3M Littmann Snap-Tight Soft Seal Eartips. Anatomically designed headset comfortably positioned for optimal sound transmission.

Do you prefer a more traditional approach to auscultation?

You can easily convert the stethoscope to a traditional open bell style by removing the diaphragm on the paediatric side and installing the rubber non-chill sleeve which is included with purchase.

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  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 16.5 x 36.8 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 422 g
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  • Item model number: 3152RBW
  • ASIN: B00B7SCZ9S
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 Aug 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,755 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)
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1.0 out of 5 stars WRONG< WRONG<WRONG 2 Mar 2014
By The Son
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This item was originally listed as all black including the chest piece. I ordered it for my son who is at med school because the price was amazing for Littmann.... it arrived with the now advertised Rainbow Finish, which looks absurd and extremely ugly... I sent it back and was sent a replacement... yup, you got it - it was the same hideous item as before...

Very poor follow up or 'care factor' from Amazon, which is disappointing considering how much I buy through them.

Extremely poor experience and not one I have any closure on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value stethoscope 23 Jan 2014
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Brilliant deal. Excellent stethoscope at the best price ever. Feels quality - expensive feel, but competitively priced and will always recommend
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money 25 Mar 2007
By Radioman - Published on Amazon.com
I've had mine for about 3-4 years. You can pick up murmurs and crackles very easily with this model. Recently, I tried using my former stethoscope on patients (Sprague Rappaport), and WHOA!! I could barely hear anything!! (I had gotten spoiled by my Cards-III for the last few years without even knowing it!) Years ago, I was wondering how my classmates and residents (all of whom seemed to have the Cards-III) could hear murmurs and stuff, and I couldn't! As a resident now, I'm glad I own one. One day, I forgot my own Cards-III, and had to borrow a colleague's stethoscope (it was a Classic II SE). Even though her Classic II SE was also a Littman, I still couldn't hear as clearly through that, as I did the Cards-III.

On the downside, it is rather pricey. But I equate it to buying a good pair of glasses. In exchange for your money, you'll be able to hear a lot more.
90 of 97 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cardiology III stethoscope 8 May 2006
By Audrey O. - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved the versatility of being able to switch from adult to pediatric just by rotating the stem of the chest piece. The quality of auscultation is good. The only problem is that the tubing got stiff after a couple of years and cracked after 7 years. Apparently a vinyl protector is a must with these stethoscopes.
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Scope 10 April 2012
By capo - Published on Amazon.com
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The Littmann Cardiology I got in med school back in 1988 bit the dust five years ago (tubes cracked after 19 years of heavy use). I got a top-line Tycos that worked for 5 years before it just fell apart (tubes hardened and cracked and the headset spring pooped out). The Tycos acoustics seemd OK but not as good as my first Littman, so I went back to Littmann, and I'm glad I did. The Cardiology III transmits heart, lung, and abdominal sounds far better than the Tycos. I thought my older ears were the reason the Tycos didn't seem as good, but no I know it was the scope, because I hear sounds just as well as I did years ago with the Cardiology... The tunable diaphragm takes getting used to, but it does work as advertized. I'm a neurologist and I find that the "pediatric" headpiece with the smaller tunable diaphragm is superb for listening to carotid and femoral bruits, and even for listening to flow in the temporal arteries...You can remove the small diaphragm and use that end as a bell, but frankly I don't see a need to do that.

Bottom line: you can't find a better acoustic multiuse stethoscope. I would have been satisfied even if I paid the list price. You can find it cheaper on-line. I purchased mine in a brick-and-mortar store in Oakland, CA (Nightingale Scrubs) for $100 below list, and I'd recommend them to local folks who want to go there. They carry the full Littmann line.
38 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Litman Cardiology III 30 Aug 2007
By Paula F. Paul - Published on Amazon.com
I have had this stethoscope for several years and it has done well for me. Only problem is that the diaphragm for the small scope cracked and they do not sell replacement for this. You can replace the large but not small diaphragm.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murmurs 11 Sep 2011
By indiananp - Published on Amazon.com
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This picks up murmurs that I could have never heard with my old stethoscope. I'm hearing murmurs that even the physician I work with has trouble hearing until I let him know that they are there. Highly recommend this product, well worth the money.
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