Stethoscope hygiene: what can be done?

Published:August 05, 2013DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2013.06.014
      Saunders et al. should be praised for their simple, yet elegant study on the prevalence of stethoscope cleaning at a UK medical school.
      • Saunders C.
      • Hryhorskyj L.
      • Skinner J.
      Factors influencing stethoscope cleanliness among clinical medical students.
      Their 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.
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        • Saunders C.
        • Hryhorskyj L.
        • Skinner J.
        Factors influencing stethoscope cleanliness among clinical medical students.
        J Hosp Infect. 2013; 84: 242-244