I came across with some interesting facts regarding germs and Stethoscopes. As I read the article in NPR website “Stethoscopes Do As Much Dirty Work As Hands In Spreading Germs” I was shocked to read that a stethoscopes is as bad as not washing your hands when it comes to spreading germs. In this article it talks about how going in for a doctor’s visit can help you feel better but it can also bring you back to the office because of the germs that the Stethoscopes have.
Linda Poon mentioned that “The center for Disease Control estimates that on any given day, one in every 20 patients has an infection after receiving medical care. Between 30 to 40 percent of those infections happen through the spread of pathogens from one patient to another or from hospital equipment to a patient, often via the hands of healthcare workers” This amazes me on how healthcare workers do not protect their patients form this germs that can cause to sicken the patient, especially because this can be easily prevented after every patient or use to simply wipe the Stethoscopes with an alcohol wipe.
As a society we might not all be aware of this health problem but the doctors are and as Bearman states “Common sense should dictate that reusable equipment should be wiped down after each use” and I agree with him we all disinfect areas that we feel are important whether it is our house, restaurants, office, cars, etc. so why not Stethoscopes and other reusable equipment’s dealing with patients? I have provided the link below if anyone is interested in reading in depth detail.
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