Saunders et al. should be praised for their simple, yet elegant study on the prevalence of stethoscope cleaning at a UK medical school.
1Their findings are alarming, with only 3.9% of respondents cleaning their stethoscope after every patient, and 9.7% cleaning it at least once daily. The real figures may be even worse. The response rate to the questionnaire was 41%; if there was a degree of responder bias, with those with an interest in stethoscope hygiene being more likely to respond, then the non-responding 59% may have had even worse stethoscope hygiene.
- Saunders C.
- Hryhorskyj L.
- Skinner J.
Factors influencing stethoscope cleanliness among clinical medical students.
J Hosp Infect. 2013; 84: 242-244
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- Factors influencing stethoscope cleanliness among clinical medical students.J Hosp Infect. 2013; 84: 242-244
Published online: August 05, 2013
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