A while back I was contacted by the makers of the Lola Advanced Assessment stethoscope about doing a product review. I was in the middle of one of my many moves and didn’t get back to them right away. In December I found an email from their Project Manager while organizing my inbox and decided to contact them about doing a belated review. They emailed me back right away and within a few days, I had a shiny new stethoscope on my doorstep.
At its heart, this is just a really high quality stethoscope. Beyond the bells and whistles (which were still awesome), I was able to hear what I needed to hear without having to strain or monkey with the tubing. Hardly surprising when you read that it was the brainchild of a nurse and her family.
But like I said, the bells and whistles were awesome. There are three “extras” to this stethoscope that make it so handy:
1) Penlight built into your chestpiece. You don’t have to carry an extra light when there’s one already hanging around your neck. The light clicks on with one push of a button, and clicks off with another push (Bonus: not having to hold the button down to keep the light on.) And props to the company for sending an extra battery!
2) Pupil gauge on your tubing. I don’t know about you, but I don’t do enough neuro assessments on my floor to know pupil sizes like the back of my hand. Having an index literally at my fingertips (that I don’t have to reach for in my pocket or on my smartphone) is super convenient. The way it is designed, you can literally be comparing your patient’s pupils to those printed on your stethoscope. How’s that for accuracy?
3) 40 cm ruler also printed on your tubing. I have honestly not had cause to use this yet. However, I often have patients with PICC lines or NG tubes. Having a quick and flexible reference point for measurements will come in handy, I am sure.
I used this baby on my unit for a couple of shifts and really enjoyed it. The scope was lightweight and comfortably hung around my neck. My only minor issue was that one of the ear pieces came off during my shift. Not the plastic ear bud, but the piece that actually screws onto the stethoscope itself. Luckily I discovered the missing hardware soon after it happened and my eagle-eyed patient spotted it on the floor a few minutes later. Crisis averted. I don’t know if it was just screwed on loosely to begin with, but make sure to check yours when you receive it. Just in case.
I’ve been eyeing potential new stethoscopes and I think the Lola Advanced Assessment stethoscope takes the cake. This one in particular, however, will be gifted to my hubby when he starts PA school. Maybe he’ll let me borrow it from time to time?
If you’re in the market for a new stethoscope, I highly recommend this product. (I’m not the only one either – check out more reviews here.) And for a limited time, friends of this blog can receive a special 20% discount off their online orders – just enter the promo code “nurseteeny” at checkout and away you go!
*Note: All product reviews are my opinion and mine alone. I was not paid or perked for this review, except for receiving this product for my personal use, so that I could offer honest and informed feedback.