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Title

Stethoscope or Staphoscope: Bacterial Contamination of Stethosocopes

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Nursing

Minor

n/a

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

n/a

Presentation Format

Poster Presentation

Abstract/Description

The purpose of this poster is to outline a problem with stethoscope disinfection practices. Stethoscopes are not being cleaned after every time they come into contact with a patient by either the doctor or nurses. This raised concerned because stethoscopes come into contact with multiple patients and the hands of the physicians and nurses numerous of times a day. Therefore, organisms are having the chance to multiply on the stethoscope in between patients. Hence, stethoscopes should be seen as a potential basin for pathogenic growth.

Location

Large Ballroom, Curris Center, Murray State University

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Affiliations

Nursing

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Stethoscope or Staphoscope: Bacterial Contamination of Stethosocopes

Large Ballroom, Curris Center, Murray State University

The purpose of this poster is to outline a problem with stethoscope disinfection practices. Stethoscopes are not being cleaned after every time they come into contact with a patient by either the doctor or nurses. This raised concerned because stethoscopes come into contact with multiple patients and the hands of the physicians and nurses numerous of times a day. Therefore, organisms are having the chance to multiply on the stethoscope in between patients. Hence, stethoscopes should be seen as a potential basin for pathogenic growth.