Stethoscopes surpassed only by fingertips for picking up bacteria

02/28/2014 | HealthDay News · MedPage Today (free registration)

The diaphragm of the stethoscope picked up more bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, than any part of the provider's hand except the fingertips during a physical exam, according to a study in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The findings highlight the need to cleanse a stethoscope after every use, according to the study's lead author.

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