#Leaded: Littman Nurses’ Stethoscope, c. 2014

3M Littman Brand Nurse’s Stethoscope:
1,828 ppm lead (What!!!!?), tested in 2014.

The amount of lead that is considered toxic in an item intended for children is 90 parts per million (ppm) or higher.  Stethoscopes are not considered items intended for children, but you would think that as a piece of medical equipment the regulations would be even more strict! I guess not!

The part that tested positive on this is the red “plastic” part…. and just think for a moment the last time you took your baby to the doctor… did someone let him/ her play with their stethoscope to keep the baby busy?  Or did they let the baby play with the measuring tape they were using to measure the circumference of your baby’s head? (link)

Flexible plastics / vinyl / synthetic rubber products often test positive for high levels of lead.  The material is often bathed/ washed in a chemical bath containing lead – and that is what helps to keep it supple/ flexible.

I have not tested a new one of these (as of December 2017), but would like to, to find out if they are still making them leaded.  If so, we need to start a petition on behalf of nurses (& doctors) and patients (!) everywhere.

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3 Responses to #Leaded: Littman Nurses’ Stethoscope, c. 2014

  1. Stephen December 10, 2017 at 7:22 pm #

    Sources?? Are they academic? How come we all haven’t died from being touched by a stethoscope then?

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