A recent study published by Mayo Clinic Proceeding, found that hands are still the primary source of bacterial transmission in hospitals, but stethoscope also appeared to play a key role. Stethoscopes were found to carry as much bacteria as the palms of doctors’ hands, only their finger tips were more dirty!
As a general rule, doctors and medical professionals should disinfect their stethoscope after every examination. This process should involve wiping down the stethoscope with alcohol wipes.
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