Penn professor: Stethoscopes are loaded with bacteria – WPVI-TV

It is an invaluable tool that every medical student must learn to use, but it could end up getting you sick.A new study published in the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, analyzed the DNA found on stethoscopes in an intensive care unit. The results showed that they were loaded with different kinds of bacteria, including some that can cause staph-infections:“The analysis showed all 40 of the stethoscopes in use in the ICU were significantly contaminated with a rich and diverse community of bacteria, including those related to common healthcare-associated infections, ...

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