Digital vs. Analog Stethoscope Sound Quality

Summary: Read article on the sound quality of digital stethoscopes compared to analog stethoscopes.
Digital vs. Analog Stethoscope Sound Quality

Author: Faris G. Araj, MD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas; Julie Cox, BSN, RN, Baylor Scott & White Health, Dallas, Texas

The above authors provide commentary on a recent article by Silverman and Balk, and agree that the sound quality of the digital stethoscope is just as good, or superior to an analog stethoscope.

This is important to today's practice of medicine where cardiovascular physical examinations are abridged, poorly executed, and minimal effort is undertaken to optimize the auscultatory milieu for a higher yield exam.

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