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pledged of $10,000pledged of $10,000 goal
38
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, May 25 2017 8:30 PM UTC +00:00

What is a prototype?

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Appearance Prototype

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Design Prototype

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Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

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About

What is the StethoSafe?

The StethoSafe is a compact, rugged, easy-to-use, patent pending case that protects the head (and more importantly, the diaphragm) of your stethoscope.  The StethoSafe can be installed and used in mere seconds.

The current model is compatible with all Sprague Style, Littmann Cardiology III and IV (3 and 4), American Diagnostic Corporation (ADC) models 604 and 675 stethoscopes.

The StethoSafe will retail for $12.95 per Safe.

StethoSafe
StethoSafe

Who needs a StethoSafe?

  • Anyone who is tired of finding crushed or damaged stethoscope diaphragms in their airway bag.  
  • Anyone who is tired of replacing stethoscopes for their department as fast as you can buy them.  
  • Anyone who wants to make sure that their stethoscope is always ready to be used, when you need it.
  • Anyone who travels with their stethoscope, such as a traveling nurse or doctor, or EMT or paramedic student.
  • Anyone who wants to save money and improve patient care!

Current feedback

"Why is this not already a thing?"

"It's so simple, it's genius."

"When can I buy one?"

The next model  

StethoSafe II  

We also have a working prototype of the StethoSafe II. The StethoSafe II is compatible with Littmann Classic II and III (2 and 3) and American Diagnostics Corporation (ADC) Adscope 603, 608, 609, and 670. The success of this campaign and demand will determine when this model will be available.

StethoSafe II
StethoSafe II

How StethoSafe came to be

StethoSafe started as just a general idea in May of 2016, when I just got sick and tired of finding damaged stethoscope diaphragms in the airway bag on my rescue. 

Typical damaged Sprague diaphragm from the airway bag.
Typical damaged Sprague diaphragm from the airway bag.

 No one ever saves the little repair kits that come with them. And, I don’t have time to repair them on a scene anyway, if that’s where the damaged stethoscope is discovered. So, I started brainstorming and sketching. Nothing was quite right though. Most ideas were too bulky or time consuming to use. They usually involved an elastic strap or Velcro, and not any faster or easier that just putting the entire stethoscope in a case. That just defeated the whole purpose. Anyone who works in EMS knows that when you need something on a critical call, seconds count. No one is going to take the time to put a stethoscope in a cumbersome case when it might interfere with performing the job at a critical moment.  

So, I shelved the idea for a while and just thought, “This is why no one has ever made a product like this before. It can’t be done.” Then I would casually think about it off and on for several months. Until I had an epiphany in October 2016! A flexible base with claw-like fins attached to the inside walls that you can just slide the scope into, and pull out just as easy. But, how the heck am I going to make prototypes of something like that? 3D printing!  

We spent many hours 3D printing the 15 prototypes.
We spent many hours 3D printing the 15 prototypes.

I couldn’t afford a high enough quality 3D printer, and that’s when I discovered a local “maker space” in Orlando called Factur. They have top of the line 3D printers, among other expensive specialized tools, that I could use for a monthly fee. Each print can take anywhere from 2 to 20 hours depending on size and complexity. The StethoSafe cases generally took 3-4 hours each, as long as nothing went wrong. After 3 months, and at least 15 prototypes, I finally had a prototype that worked perfectly!  

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The StethoSafe works better than I ever imagined!

 Than you for checking us out.  Please consider supporting our campaign with a pledge, and sharing it with all of your friends and colleagues.  Have a blessed day!



Disclaimer
Cardiology III, Cardiology IV, Classic II, and Classic III are trademarks of 3M.  StethoSafe is not associated with or sponsored by 3M.

Adscope is the trademark of the the American Diagnostic Corporation. StethoSafe is not associated with or sponsored by American Diagnostic Corporation. 

Risks and challenges

As challenging as the last year has been, honestly, that was the easy part. The real challenge for us is now bringing the StethoSafe to market. We've been in contact with a local manufacturer (Jaycon Systems, jayconsystems.com) to produce an injection mold and manufacture our first thousand units. This, with the cost of packaging and other supplies, is going to cost us approximately $10,000. This is where I need your help. By backing our project you'll be helping us prove that there is a market for the StethoSafe and we can move forward with production.

If, scratch that, when we reach our funding goal, StethoSafe will be produced and sent out to you the backers. Failure is not an option.

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Funding period

- (30 days)