This presentation was the result of an audit completed by our Broome ED JMOs.
Drs Laura Smith, James Wright and Peter Richardson decided to place our stethoscopes under the microscope – quite literally.
We all know about the importance of hand-washing and other infection control measures, but rarely do we consider the ubiquitous ‘tubes’ as potential vectors for hospital acquired infections.
So – be honest…. take this poll before you watch the presentation. The audit might surprise your – or just confirm your suspicions!
EDITOR: The poll is now closed. But in summary – the doctors suspected that their stethoscopes were dirty. They didn’t wash them much and had a relatively poor knowledge of the best cleaning techniques for the trusty stethoscope
; Here is the presentation – BROOME STETHOSCOPE AUDIT…. it is a Power Point – so download it somewhere where data usage doesn’t matter too much!
Stethoscope Audit – Broome 2013 latest draft-1
Big thanks to Laura, James and Pete – great job. Thanks for bringing this to light and making us all feel a little bit grubby!