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(OnMedica)   Is your doctor disinfecting their stethoscope between every patient? THEN THEY ARE TRYING TO KILL YOU   (onmedica.com) divider line 33
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2014-02-28 09:45:03 AM
From TFA:  Stethoscopes should be disinfected after each use because they pick up bacteria from a patient's skin, a study has found (emphasis mine)

That's either a reading comprehension fail or a really poorly-written headline.
 
2014-02-28 09:46:51 AM
This is news?
 
2014-02-28 09:47:29 AM
If doctors need to be lectured on how there is bacteria on peoples skin, I think they're skipping a few chapters in the book at med school.
 
2014-02-28 09:47:30 AM
They typically disinfect them by storing them in the freezer.
 
2014-02-28 09:48:43 AM
"Doctor" is singular, not plural.
 
2014-02-28 09:52:11 AM
People don't wipe their scope bells down after every patient?

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
 
2014-02-28 09:56:00 AM
Doctor's  still use stethoscopes?


cdn.medgadget.com
 
2014-02-28 09:58:32 AM
Uck. I get yeeshed out by the elastics they use for drawing blood and also blood pressure cuffs. Both involve a fair bit of compression, which I would imagine collects a fair amount of biological debris. You see the blood techs roaming around with their plastic caddies of supplies, which are individually packaged and sterile - but look in the bottom of the caddy - they are never cleaned out and are full of yuck. I wonder how much herpes simplex spreads due to these kinds of procedural contaminations.
 
2014-02-28 10:01:24 AM
I don't see any reason why there can't be a cheap disposable cover over the part that touches your skin.
 
2014-02-28 10:02:02 AM
God forbid a person ever touches anything that's ever been touched by another human being, because germs.
 
2014-02-28 10:04:17 AM
 
2014-02-28 10:04:46 AM
Only after he listens to me talking out of my ass.
 
2014-02-28 10:06:29 AM
When we were in the hospital for 19 days with our two month old, each patient had their own stethoscope to prevent any cross contamination. I can't say that I notice the doctors in the pediatrician's office wiping down their scopes consistently, although I have seen it at least a few times. I'll have to look more closely from now on.
 
2014-02-28 10:07:42 AM

zimbomba63: If doctors need to be lectured on how there is bacteria on peoples skin, I think they're skipping a few chapters in the book at med school.


Rather, I think they're simply not concerned about it since they're not doing anything more than holding it against someone's skin.
 
2014-02-28 10:08:44 AM

lenfromak: "Doctor" is singular, not plural.


They is?
 
2014-02-28 10:12:55 AM
Eeeewwwww! Germs!
 
2014-02-28 10:15:37 AM

genner: Doctor's  still use stethoscopes?


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Pocket Ultrasound from GE: Not particularly useful for listening to breath sounds, bowel sounds, taking a blood pressure, or many other common things a stethoscope is used for on a daily basis. (Great for difficult IVs though). But it looks neat and costs about ten grand, while a Littmann Cardiology III (the one I use) costs about 170 bucks.

/the machine that goes ping!
 
2014-02-28 10:19:39 AM
I have a friend who works for Welch-Allyn ... she claims the #1 cause of person-to-person staph transmission is the blood pressure cuffs, that despite being instructed to clean between each patient, no doctors office ever does.
 
2014-02-28 10:20:16 AM
Hey Valentina, do you want me to beg?
You got me cooking I'm a hard boiled egg

In the humdrum

Empty my mind - I find it hard to cope
Listen to my heart - don't need no stethoscope

Seem' to me that television
She come to cut me a deep incision

In the humdrum

Empty my mind - I find it hard to cope
Listen to my heart - don't need no stethoscope
 
2014-02-28 10:21:58 AM
DEATH LURKS IN YOUR DOCTOR'S OFFICE.

news at 11:00
 
2014-02-28 10:32:16 AM

hardinparamedic: genner: Doctor's  still use stethoscopes?


[cdn.medgadget.com image 600x428]

Pocket Ultrasound from GE: Not particularly useful for listening to breath sounds, bowel sounds, taking a blood pressure, or many other common things a stethoscope is used for on a daily basis. (Great for difficult IVs though). But it looks neat and costs about ten grand, while a Littmann Cardiology III (the one I use) costs about 170 bucks.

/the machine that goes ping!


Heh, you got a laugh out of me (love that MP skit)

As for 10 grand for that thing.... wow.  People wonder why medical costs are up.  Sheesh.

/PING!
 
2014-02-28 10:35:04 AM

JAGUART: They typically disinfect them by storing them in the freezer.


I thought they stored them in liquid helium.
 
2014-02-28 10:35:32 AM

killro: hardinparamedic: genner: Doctor's  still use stethoscopes?


[cdn.medgadget.com image 600x428]

Pocket Ultrasound from GE: Not particularly useful for listening to breath sounds, bowel sounds, taking a blood pressure, or many other common things a stethoscope is used for on a daily basis. (Great for difficult IVs though). But it looks neat and costs about ten grand, while a Littmann Cardiology III (the one I use) costs about 170 bucks.

/the machine that goes ping!

Heh, you got a laugh out of me (love that MP skit)

As for 10 grand for that thing.... wow.  People wonder why medical costs are up.  Sheesh.

/PING!


Heh. The compact ultrasound machines are great for getting IVs in people who are in shock (EZ-IO costs a 1/10th of the machine, but has it's own risks since you're drilling into a bone), and for abdominal FAST exams to detect bleeding or perforation in trauma, but they're out of the price range of many people. IIRC, FARK had an article a few months back about how they would kill the stethoscope, which was hilarious to read.
 
2014-02-28 11:13:12 AM
 
2014-02-28 11:14:31 AM
man up, nancy. FFS
 
2014-02-28 11:16:49 AM
Are you trying to tell me that breathing hot air onto it, then wiping it off on their lab coat isn't enough?

Good try, internet. You'll fool me one day...
 
2014-02-28 11:23:31 AM
If that's what worries you, I hope you never even think about the type of germs on literally everything else you touch on a daily basis. I'd bet there are ten times as many bacteria on the elevator button you pushed to get to the office.
 
2014-02-28 11:26:18 AM

SDRR: Whatchoo Talkinbout: DEATH LURKS IN YOUR DOCTOR'S OFFICE.

news at 11:00

A shiatload of people go into our hospitals every year for something treatable and DIE from MRSA. It's really sad, actually.


Everybody gotta die sometime, Red
news.toyark.com
 
2014-02-28 12:06:10 PM
MindStalker: I don't see any reason why there can't be a cheap disposable cover over the part that touches your skin.

That cover that costs $0.03 to purchase is now another $12.00 charge on your bill.
 
2014-02-28 12:24:48 PM
Nice way to spread skin fungus.
 
2014-02-28 01:08:05 PM

lenfromak: "Doctor" is singular, not plural.


Using "they" is acceptable when a gender pronoun can't be used, as in this case, or when using it would make the sentence too clunky. Would you have preferred "Is your doctor disinfecting his or her stethoscope between every patient? THEN HE OR SHE IS TRYING TO KILL YOU"?
 
2014-02-28 04:06:06 PM

Splish: If that's what worries you, I hope you never even think about the type of germs on literally everything else you touch on a daily basis. I'd bet there are ten times as many bacteria on the elevator button you pushed to get to the office.


who the fark touches buttons or doorknobs these days? dumbasses. use a sleeve or something. then wash your clothes, you dumb farks.
 
2014-02-28 04:52:56 PM
I do clean my bell between patients (nurse, not a doctor), but my old floor had stethoscopes and cuffs in every room, which were disinfected between patient admissions.  I never even carried my stethoscope there.  Admittedly, it was necessary, being a medical floor, lots of MRSA, VRE, C. Diff, can't carry equipment into the room.

The new unit, post-surgical, no patients on contact precautions.  The techs use a Dinamap to get vitals, which goes from room to room, carrying whatever with it.  I've been asking for scopes and cuffs in every room since I got there.  We have one manual cuff on the unit, so if I need to check a BP manually, I have to track it down.  My boss hates the Dinamap (calls it the germ spreader), but our techs have no idea how to do a manual BP, so if we got rid of it, we'd have to retrain the PCTs.
 
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