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New study shows zero occurrences of stethoscope hygiene between patients

from Monthly Prescribing Reference

According to new research, educating clinicians about the importance of stethoscope hygiene does not appear to increase the practice, despite infection control guidelines stating that stethoscopes should be disinfected between each patient encounter. This new study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, was conducted using a covert observational method at a tertiary care Department of Veterans Affairs hospital. Results showed that over 128 observations, stethoscope hygiene never once occurred. Hand hygiene rates were also lower than expected at 58 percent. more

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