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(American Journal of Infection Control[TA])
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  • Contemporary stethoscope cleaning practices: What we haven't learned in 150 years. [Journal Article]
  • AJAm J Infect Control 2018 Nov 02
  • Boulée D, Kalra S, … Peacock WF
  • CONCLUSIONS: Stethoscope disinfection is grossly overlooked, possibly jeopardizing patient safety, particularly in acute care interactions. Periodic stethoscope disinfection, although inconvenient, helps reduce bacterial contamination and may reduce health care-associated infections.Stethoscopes were disinfected per CDC guidelines in less than 4% of encounters and were not disinfected at all in 82% of encounters. Although hands were rarely cleaned (6.8%) per CDC guidelines, gloves were usually worn, but no convenient stethoscope equivalent exists. Stethoscope cleanliness must be addressed.
  • Why do clinicians order inappropriate Clostridium difficile testing? An exploratory study. [Journal Article]
  • AJAm J Infect Control 2018 Nov 01
  • Kara A, Tahir M, … Dbeibo L
  • CONCLUSIONS: The discriminating value of diarrhea or laxative use in assessing for C difficile infection is poor. Multiple streams of information add to the complexities of decision making around C difficile testing. Inconsistent definitions of diarrhea likely contribute to this complexity. Clinician-perceived risk to the patient, partially driven by length of stay, may be a large driver of testing practices.Without understanding the knowledge, attitudes, and values that underlie clinician behavior, interventions targeting ordering practices may not succeed.
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