Stethoscopes and nosocomial infection

Sharmila Sengupta, Arunava Sirkar, P. G. Shivananda

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Abstract

Stethoscopes are an essential tool of the medical profession and can become a source of nosocomial infection. A study conducted in the Department of Pediatrics, Kasturba Medical College and Hospital showed a high carriage of methicillin resistant staphylococcus (69.76%) and multi-drug resistant Gram negative bacilli (20.93%) on regularly used stethoscopes. The antibiogram of the bacterial isolates strongly suggested these to be nosocomial strains. A verbal survey revealed that regular cleaning is not common among doctors. A policy regarding cleaning of stethoscopes with an effective disinfectant may be helpful in reducing hospital-associated infections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-199
Number of pages3
JournalIndian Journal of Pediatrics
Volume67
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2000
Externally publishedYes

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Stethoscopes
Cross Infection
Methicillin Resistance
Disinfectants
Microbial Sensitivity Tests
Staphylococcus
Bacillus
Pediatrics
Pharmaceutical Preparations

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Sengupta, S., Sirkar, A., & Shivananda, P. G. (2000). Stethoscopes and nosocomial infection. Indian Journal of Pediatrics, 67(3), 197-199. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02723663
Sengupta, Sharmila ; Sirkar, Arunava ; Shivananda, P. G. / Stethoscopes and nosocomial infection. In: Indian Journal of Pediatrics. 2000 ; Vol. 67, No. 3. pp. 197-199.
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In: Indian Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 67, No. 3, 01.01.2000, p. 197-199.

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Sengupta S, Sirkar A, Shivananda PG. Stethoscopes and nosocomial infection. Indian Journal of Pediatrics. 2000 Jan 1;67(3):197-199. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02723663