With the holidays upon us, it can be tough to think of something to get for your friends, family and loved ones. Ideally, you’d like to get a gift that is personal for those receiving. Below you can find our top suggestions for medical related gifts at a range of prices, perfect for any healthcare professional.
Stocking Fillers/Secret Santa
We have a great range of smaller gifts perfect for stocking fillers or as a small gift. We have variations of phone cases, key-rings, pins, mugs and more. Not only are these items inexpensive (and some of them hilarious) it allows the person receiving the gift to have something a little more unique and tailored to them.
We have a multitude of variations from the sleek All Black, to the colourful Caribbean Blue with Rainbow. We offer engraving on all of our Littmann stethoscopes so you can make it extra special for the recipient. Our most popular engravings are the names of the soon to be owner – so why not head down that route and make someone’s Christmas extra special with a personalised Littmann stethoscope?
High End Engraved Items
We also offer engraving on a wide range of our diagnostic sets. These bits of kit are essential for any GP or Doctor and engraving is once again a great way to turn a necessity into a heartfelt memento. All of our diagnostic sets are high quality and we’re certain the recipient will love the product and thought behind it.
Bags & Cases
Bags and cases can be an essential for doctors, nurses, and others in the medical profession. To be able to carry around important documents and medical equipment while keeping it together is very important, which makes it an ideal and practical gift! To make it even better, you can also add an engraved ID tag to most bags, up to 100 characters, to add that personal touch.
It’s two hundred years since French physician René Laennec, in a flash of inspiration, invented and named the stethoscope. He started with a roll of paper and quickly progressed to a hollow wooden tube about 30cms long. Laennec specialised in treating the scourge of nineteenth century cities – tuberculosis – and found his new idea to be invaluable.
While not all were convinced that his invention was of much value, medical professionals from across Europe climbed onto their horse or into a carriage and travelled to Paris to learn about his ideas. Over the next thirty years, Laennec’s innovation, the monoaural (having a single earpiece) tubular stethoscope became a feature of many a doctor’s bag.
The stethoscope continues to evolve
While it was a huge step forward in diagnostic technique, the Laennec stethoscope wasn’t very convenient to use. It required the doctor to lean over their patient, which wasn’t always easy, particularly for physicians with their own mobility issues.
Offering superior acoustic performance, this latest model is ideal for medical students, GPs, respiratory specialists, critical care nurses and cardiologists. It’s the product of years of research by the 3M Littmann team that’s been producing world class stethoscopes for nearly five decades.
The Littmann Cardiology IV boasts an entirely redesigned bell with a new, single-piece tuneable diaphragm. This offers high acoustic sensitivity, allowing the user to switch from listening for high frequency sounds to low frequency sounds by adjusting the pressure applied to the chestpiece. In addition to offering superior acoustics, the redesign makes for a smoother, crevice-free surface, making it easier to keep clean.
This year is the two hundredth anniversary of the invention of the stethoscope. Incredibly, today’s symbol of medical professionalism began life as a sheet of paper used to protect a young lady’s modesty.
Two hundred years ago, medicine was practised very differently from today. While many doctors enjoyed some formal education, their knowledge of human physiology was decidedly patchy. Anatomy was perhaps a little better understood, particularly where there was access to cadavers for study.
In part, development of most branches of medicine was also held back by social attitudes and conventions. Today there may still be a moment of awkward embarrassment when discussing some aspects of the body with a patient. Two hundred years ago, the importance attached to privacy could prevent physicians making proper examinations.
Counterfeit stethoscopes may compromise clinical diagnosis warns global manufacturer 3M. An extended distributor registration programme across West Europe guarantees the validity of your Littmann stethoscope purchase.
Recently featured on the BBC’s Fake Britain programme (Series 7, Episode 10), the trade in fake stethoscopes is putting lives at risk and may impact on the diagnosis of potentially life-threatening conditions.
As a medical professional, you need your tools of the trade to perform to the highest standards – and that’s why you choose a Littmann brand stethoscope from 3M, synonymous with acoustic excellence. But do you take the same care about where you purchase your Littmann stethoscope from?
The Internet abounds with auction sites offering Littmann stethoscopes at bargain prices – often at 30 to 40 per cent lower than the recommended retail price. The seller may also advertise high volumes of available stock. But whilst everybody likes a bargain, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Some offerings may also get close to the retail price and further fool you into thinking you are getting a genuine product.
Fake stethoscopes are becoming more sophisticated and closer in appearance to the genuine article. To other than an expert eye, the stethoscope will likely look real, with a branded box, current colour of tubing, Littmann chestpiece logo, soft-sealing ear tips and product information leaflet. It may also carry a lot number, serial number and fake CE mark as well. But what about its performance?
Your stethoscope is your constant companion in medicine, so it’s really important to know how to use it.
While the technology required to listen in on our internal noises is very simple, learning how to perform effective auscultation takes a while. The sooner you learn to use a stethoscope effectively, the sooner you’ll be on your way to understanding the sounds made by the human body.
Different types of stethoscope
While they all perform the same function, a variety of different stethoscopes have been developed for various specialties. Some are designed specifically for cardiology or paediatricians. General purpose stethoscopes are ideal for students and nurses, while electronic stethoscopes can enhance traditional auscultation through the use of digital technology. Continue reading How to Use a Stethoscope→
Like so many tools of the trade, your stethoscope is really easy to use but takes practice to master.
Auscultation (listening to internal sounds made by the body) has been medical practice for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years, but the science advanced rapidly with the invention of the stethoscope in the early nineteenth century.
Now Littmann, pioneers in stethoscope design and use for over 50 years, have launched a unique, interactive learning experience that will benefit a new generation of medical students.
Medisave are pleased to share that we have just donated a number of items to our local Cycle Response Unit!
The Cycle Response Unit can be sent to any 999 call. They can be faced with child births, cardiac arrests, road traffic accidents, road traffic collisions, assaults, overdoses and strokes (to mention just a few!).
Matt Care, Lead Paramedic based at Weymouth Ambulance Station, said, “The CRU is just one of the additional measures we have in place in preparation for the Olympic and Paralympics Sailing Events.
The donation of the equipment, totalling approximately £600, will be used operationally by the Cycle Response Unit this summer season and beyond.
“This top-of-the-range 3M Littmann electronic stethoscope will be of great use when assessing patients in noisy environments such as at a live music venue or on Weymouth Carnival day. The stethoscope electronically amplifies the sounds and even has the ability to record sounds for immediate playback”.
We are very pleased to be able to support such a worthwhile scheme. We have supported the Weymouth CRU on a number of occasions and being a local company we see the massive benefit the CRU will bring to Weymouth during the very busy Olympic/Summer period. We are a global organisation with branches in the US, Canada and New Zealand. However, Weymouth is our home town and we are especially proud of being able to support the local community with this donation.
The Cardiology III has exceptional versatility and outstanding sound quality. With its superior construction, double-sided, three function chestpiece and 3M’s ‘ Tunable Technology’, this stethoscope is a key diagnostic aid in the physical assessment of both adult and paediatric patients.
A rising trend amongst our customers here in the UK, and also in the USA and our other global locations is the idea of using the engraving facility to propose when buying a stethoscope for your significant other.
When it comes to an unusual and unique way to ask your loved one in the medical profession to marry you, we are finding this is an special and increasingly popular method by which to pop the question. Around ten of our consumers from across the world have decided on this distinctive way to ask their partner to marry them. And usually they let us know the outcome. Happily in all cases a “yes”. Whether this is because the beneficiary is enthralled by the loving gesture and cannot resist we can only speculate!
Besides some funny and curious names, and the intermittent “Happy Birthday” and “Good Luck” messages, the “Will You Marry Me?” in its variety of incarnations and languages has recently grown in popularity at times of importance such as anniversaries, birthdays and Valentine’s day we inevitably envisage a peak in popularity. Unsurprisingly, it is the Littmann Stethoscope which is the preferred choice and add our symbol engraving such as hearts or stars into the mix and you have one distinctive stethoscope! Some also choose a finish or colour which might signify something special or significant to their other half.
You can catch a picture of the latest proposal below!