By David Mittleman

Doctors Should Disinfect Their Stethoscope After Every Patient

Before the doctor sticks his stethoscope to your chest and asks you to “breathe deep” you might want to ask him if he disinfected it first. A new study conducted by the University of Geneva found that stethoscopes pick up a plethora of bacteria from patients’ skin that can be transferred to the next patient in line. Their findings were published in the March issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Stethoscopes Dirtier Than Doctors’ Hands

The researchers conducted their study with 71 patients administered to by one of three physicians. …read more