Why do you need to clean stethoscope earpieces with alcohol?

Just as we wash hands between each patient, clinicians should disinfect their stethoscopes after every patient assessment with a 70% isopropyl alcohol wipe1 to help reduce the risk of patient-to-patient cross contamination. As clinicians wipe their stethoscope with alcohol, they are manually removing residue.Mar 23, 2020

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