A new study at a Swiss hospital has found that stethoscopes used by doctors are contaminated with bacteria that can easily be transferred from one patient to another. According to the study the doctors’ palms and fingertips of their dominant hands were contaminated but less than their stethoscopes. The part of the stethoscope that touches the patient’s skin had twice the amount of bacteria that the doctors’ fingertips including the potentially deadly methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA. What other common objects do you need to be concerned of in terms of their bacteria presence and load?

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