Dirty stethoscopes need constant cleaning

Presence of bacteria on a surface doesn’t prove that it is a cause of infection, but better to be clean than sorry.

One of the instruments was found to be more contaminated with bacteria than the palm of a doctor’s hand after being used to examine 71 patients.

Among the microbes spreading from patients was the potentially deadly superbug MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).

“From infection control and patient safety perspectives, the stethoscope should be regarded as an extension of the physician’s hands and be disinfected after every patient contact.”

Source: News.com.au

A different study found that nozzle triggers at gas stations were another place where you can find a lot of bacteria.