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Am J Infect Control. 2014 Jan;42(1):82-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2013.06.015. Epub 2013 Oct 29.

Stethoscopes as potential intrahospital carriers of pathogenic microorganisms.

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1
Department of Medicine and Nutrition, University of Guanajuato, León, Guanajuato, Mexico.
2
Department of Medicine and Nutrition, University of Guanajuato, León, Guanajuato, Mexico; National Institute of Medical Sciences and Nutrition "Salvador Zubirán", Mexican Secretariat of Health, Mexico City, Mexico.
3
Department of Medicine and Nutrition, University of Guanajuato, León, Guanajuato, Mexico; Regional Hospital of High Specialty at Bajío, León, Guanajuato, México. Electronic address: alvarez_ja@me.com.

Abstract

Stethoscopes can take part in the transmission of health care-associated infections. We cultured 112 stethoscopes by direct imprint on blood agar to estimate the prevalence of potentially pathogenic microorganisms. Forty-eight (47%) produced 50 potentially pathogenic microorganisms; from these, 43 (86%) were Staphylococcus aureus, of which 18 (42%) were methicillin-resistant S. aureus. We concluded that stethoscopes should be considered as potential fomites and must be disinfected routinely before and after each patient contact.

KEYWORDS:

Contamination; Disinfection; Fomites

PMID:
24176606
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2013.06.015
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