Handwashing and contamination of stethoscopes in two hospitals in Huánuco, Perú

  • Andrés Ramos-Cardozo Universidad Nacional Hermilio Valdizán, Huánuco, Perú
  • Amanda R. Rubina-Montoya Hospital Nacional Guillermo Almenara Irigoyen, Lima, Perú https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6596-6709
  • Rosa Guzmán-Diaz Hospital II-EsSalud Huánuco, Perú
Keywords: stethoscopes, contamination, health personnel. (Source: MeSH/NLM)

Abstract

Introduction: The stethoscope is the universal tool for the physician and the medical staff, it is in direct contact with numerous patients and it is a possible vector of infections associated with health care. The present study sought to determine the association of hand washing and the cleaning of stethoscopes with their contamination,

Methods: We conducted an observational, descriptive and cross-sectional study. Diaphragm samples of 70 stethoscopes were cultured and a questionnaire was applied to the medical staff who used them.

Results: The contamination of stethoscopes was 90% and the most frequent microorganism was coagulase negative Staphylococcus. In the bivariate analysis, a significant association was found between the contamination of stethoscopes, the absence of hand washing, and the frequency of cleaning less than ten times a month.

Conclusion: Handwashing and cleaning the stethoscope more than 10 times a month are protective factors to avoid contamination of stethoscopes.

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2020-01-14
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Ramos-Cardozo A, Rubina-Montoya A, Guzmán-Diaz R. Handwashing and contamination of stethoscopes in two hospitals in Huánuco, Perú. Rev Peru Investig Salud [Internet]. 14Jan.2020 [cited 25Sep.2020];4(1):31-6. Available from: http://revistas.unheval.edu.pe/index.php/repis/article/view/609
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