Stethoscopes are one of the most-used medical devices in any medical environment, but they can also be among the dirtiest, a new study shows. For the study, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine used molecular sequencing to develop a complete profile of the types of bacteria on stethoscopes used in an intensive care unit. The stethoscopes included 20 traditional reusable stethoscopes carried by physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists and 20 single-patient-use disposable stethoscopes used in patient rooms. Another 10 unused single-use disposable stethoscopes were examined as a control. The researchers found that the stethoscopes were loaded ... Read More
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