A pretty interesting study conducted by the University of Geneva looked at just how much bacteria can remain on a physician’s stethoscope after seeing patients. Turns out it’s even more than most parts of a physician’s hands.
An important factor to consider in all of this that was mentioned is how there are guidelines everyone regarding healthcare professionals washing their hands. However, there are no guidelines for washing stethoscopes. Looks like there might be in the near future.
Check it out!