Stethoscopes loaded with bacteria, including the one that causes Staph infection – ABC News

The stethoscope has long been an iconic symbol of health care used for listening to the heart, intestines, lungs and blood flow. But while it’s an invaluable tool that every medical student must learn to use, it seems they didn’t learn how to clean them. That’s according to a new study that analyzed the DNA found on stethoscopes in an intensive care unit. Results showed that they were loaded with different kinds of bacteria, including some that can cause infections, such as Staphylococcus. Dr. Ronald Collman, senior author of the study, told ABC News that he wasn’t taught how to ...

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