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Paper Chase #1 - Bacterial Contamination on Stethoscopes

Steve Biederman, MD and Tom Robertson, MD
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Stethoscopes in the ICU carry complex polymicrobial colonies, reflecting important bacterial species that can cause healthcare-associated infections, including Staph. Cleaning practices reduce contamination but are only partially successful.

 

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Chris -

While it was not unexpected to hear about all of the bugs hanging out on our stethoscopes, I was surprised to find that cleaning was only "partially successful." If this is something that would be confirmed by other studies, it seems like we either need to find a better way to clean our stethoscopes or would need to consider single-use stethoscopes.

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