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J Hosp Infect. 2013 Jul;84(3):242-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2013.04.003. Epub 2013 Jun 10.

Factors influencing stethoscope cleanliness among clinical medical students.

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College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. edinburghmedic@googlemail.com

Abstract

This study aims to identify current stethoscope hygiene habits and attitudes in a UK medical school setting. Students completed a questionnaire using Likert-scale questions and free-text answers. A total of 308 questionnaires were completed from a potential 750 students (41%); 22.4% of respondents had never cleaned their stethoscope and only 3.9% cleaned their stethoscope after every patient. Significant correlations were identified between cleaning frequency and: others acting as role models (P = 0.001), students having confidence in how to clean stethoscopes (P = 0.001), and students thinking cleaning was important (P = 0.01), thereby highlighting inadequate education and role models as potential problems.

PMID:
23764319
DOI:
10.1016/j.jhin.2013.04.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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