3M Littmann Stethoscope Care + Tips

Make the most of your Littmann stethoscope with professional tips

Cleaning & Care
Keep your Littmann looking and feeling brand new
Keeping a Littmann stethoscope looking and feeling like new How to disinfect a Littmann stethoscope

Routine cleaning is the best way to prolong the life of your stethoscope. We recommend Praveni products to keep your Littmann in top condition.

  • Disinfect with a 70% isopropyl alcohol solution wipe
  • Never submerse in liquid or sterilize
  • Keep away from extreme heat, cold, solvents and oils
  • Tunable diaphragms can be removed from a chestpiece and wiped with alcohol or soapy water, then dried thoroughly before reassembly
  • Remove eartips from the eartubes for cleaning and make sure eartips are snapped firmly back onto the ribbed ends of eartubes for safety.
  • Avoid folding tightly
  • Help resistance to skin oils by wearing over a collar
  • Praveni Cleaner
How to store a Littmann stethoscope

Keep your Littmann secure when it’s not in use with our allheart stethoscope case.

  • Interior foam padding
  • Stethoscope indent for protection
  • Mesh pocket for spare parts
  • Lightweight EVA material
  • Scope Case
5 Essential Tips
To ensure optimal performance and wearability
1. Align the Headset

Make sure eartips point away from you (Figure A)

Pull the headset open for safe and easy insertion (Figure B)

Not comfortable?
All Littmann headsets are adjustable- squeeze eartubes for more tension, pull them apart for less tension

Learn how to how to wear a Litmann stethoscope in your earsA. Proper Insertion
Learn how to wear a Litmann stethoscope in the right wayB. Correct Positioning
Learn how to avoid using a Litmann stethoscope improperlyC. Incorrect Positioning
Learn how to choose the eartip size that fits your ear
2. Fit Your Ear
Choose from small or large eartips to find the best fit
Learn how to use a double-sided Littmann stethoscope
3. Choose Your Side
Make sure you open or index the side you want to use. Only the diaphragm or bell can be open- not both. One blocks sound from the other.
Learn about keeping the Littmann stethoscope pathway open
4. Keep the Pathway Open
Don’t let dirt and debris accumulate and obstruct your sound. If you use a Littmann Cardiology III™ or Classic III™ stethoscope, using the removable
Learn why and how to check the seal of a Littmann stethoscope
5. Check the Seal
An airtight seal is essential to sound transmission. Anything from cracked tubing to improperly seated eartips can prevent a proper seal.
Master high and low frequency listening

Littmann invented tunable technology so you could hear different sounds just by the amount of pressure applied to the chestpiece. No more unscrewing and changing diaphragms and bells, turning over, or repositioning the chestpiece.

Learn about Litmann stethoscope tunable technology
  • Light pressure
  • Keep chestpiece suspended
  • Firm pressure
  • Diaphragm movement restricted
  • Low frequency sounds blocked
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