Factors influencing stethoscope cleanliness among clinical medical students

C. Saunders*, L. Hryhorskyj, J. Skinner

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Abstract / Description of output

This study aims to identify current stethoscope hygiene habits and attitudes in a UK medical school setting. Students completed a questionnaire using Likert-scale questions and free-text answers. A total of 308 questionnaires were completed from a potential 750 students (41%); 22.4% of respondents had never cleaned their stethoscope and only 3.9% cleaned their stethoscope after every patient. Significant correlations were identified between cleaning frequency and: others acting as role models (P = 0.001), students having confidence in how to clean stethoscopes (P = 0.001), and students thinking cleaning was important (P = 0.01), thereby highlighting inadequate education and role models as potential problems. (C) 2013 The Healthcare Infection Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)242-244
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Hospital Infection
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Clinical skills
  • Curriculum
  • Healthcare-associated infections
  • Medical students
  • Stethoscope cleanliness


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