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Stethoscopes More Contaminated Than Doctors' Hands, University of Geneva Hospitals Study


2/28/2014 8:11:00 AM

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Stethoscopes tend to be more contaminated than the palms of physicians' hands, new research shows. In a recent Swiss study, researchers discovered that more bacteria cover a stethoscope's diaphragm (the part that's held against a patient's body) than all regions of a physician's hands, except the fingertips.

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