Just How Clean Is That Stethoscope? – HealthDay

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — For doctors and nurses in hospitals, hand-washing between patients is a must. But what about their stethoscopes? A new hospital study finds that stethoscopes are laden with a wide range of bacteria. Some, such as Staphylococcus aureus, can cause serious infections such as pneumonia. The findings were published Dec. 12 in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. “This study underscores the importance of adhering to rigorous infection control procedures,” said study senior author Dr. Ronald Collman, a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. This means following decontamination recommendations set by ...

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