Physician Practice

Hand hygiene lessons should extend to stethoscopes

Medical Environment Update, September 28, 2017

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There were special contact precautions imposed on those caring for the patient in room 12. Doctors and nurses were required to don gowns and gloves before entering, as a sign on the door stated. When a physician in the University of Kansas Hospital’s family medicine progressive care unit stepped into room 12 the morning of October 26, 2016, he wore the PPE as required, but he jeopardized the facility’s infection control efforts in a subtler way—by bringing his stethoscope, a foreign object, into the room with him.

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