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What's Dirty In The Doctor's Office?

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A new study finds one of the germiest things in a doctor's office is...a stethoscope.

Swiss researchers looked at the amount of bacteria on stethoscopes and compared it to what's found on doctors' hands. The diaphragm of the stethoscopes was more contaminated than the palm of the physicians' hands. This was after examining just one patient.

Researchers say this should serve as a helpful reminder to health care workers to sterilize their stethoscopes frequently.


 

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