A scan of my battle scarred, trusty Tycos stethoscope.
No, I don't have one of those new-fangled telephones
that takes a picture to post on the computer..
My all time favorite stethoscope was a Tycos combination model and I spent many happy hours auscultating with my eyes glued to the back of the diaphragm housing that proudly proclaimed "Made in Asheville NC." Gazing at the proud proclamation of manufacturing location seemed to make heart sounds more distinct, I bet those North Carolinians are nice folks. They certainly produced a mighty fine stethoscope back in the 1960's.
I used to wear my Tycos draped around my neck with the earpieces on the left and the bell on the right and now my stethoscope has a permanently induced curve to it just like Princess Leia's buns. Here is a tip for you whippersnapperns; occasionally change the direction of dangle from left to right as your stethoscope hangs atound your neck to avert that nasty permanent curvature problem.
The tubing on my old Tycos scope had a nice supple, almost slippery feel to it. One night while feverishly hanging units of packed cells, I discovered a new use for my stethoscope. Each unit of blood was supplied with little stickers that provided the identification number of the unit. All I had to do was place the ID stickers anywhere on the stethoscoupe tubing and it was temporarily stuck there until I had a break in the action and could apply them to the chart. That stethoscope tubing was the medical equivalent of sticky note adhesive - it was the perfect parking spot for any type of sticker which could be removed later for the chart. A present day application for this nifty feature might be if your drug seeking patient claims an allergy to an NSID, just make out the allergy sticker and plaster it to your stethoscope until the moment of truth arrives.
Yesterday's nurses were experts at using whatever was available to meet a patient's needs. One of my class mates was working as a school nurse when a young student collapsed with a tongue swollen so acutely that it occluded the airway. No problem for this Macgiver style nurse as she quickly cut a length of tubing from her handy dandy stethoscope and deftly inserted the lifesaving tube intranasally to bypass the occluding tongue and establish an airway. To prevent the distal end of the
The kid was gas exchanging like a marathon runner. At the hospital, the nasal airway was swapped for a naso tracheal tube and after steroids and Benadryl, the youngster lived happily ever after.
There is so much more to stethoscope stories than a listing of their prices.