Every studies, especially the most recent ones(5), show a very high> percentage, from 70% to 100%(2) of stethoscopes are contaminated.> Most> frequent bacteria are Coagulase Staphylococci (89 to 100 %(1)(2)),> Staphylococus Aureus (up to 57 % (2)(3)), Acinetobacter Baumanii(5),> Corynebacterium spp(1)(2), Bacillus spp(1)(2), Aspergillus spp(2),> Candida(2), Gram positive(1) and Gram negative bacteria(2).> After more than a day without disinfection, 69% of stethoscopes are> contaminated again(1). 4 to 5 minutes of contact with the skin are> enough to re-contaminate a stethoscope(2).> Studies(1)(2)(3)(4) show that most health care personnel carry out> disinfection less than one time a day.>> Then comes stetho-STOP>> ● An efficient protection against contamination> Stetho-stop(R) prevents contamination thanks to its bacteria-proof> membrane.> Whereas disinfecting wipes and soaking only slow bacterial growth> temporally, Stétho-stop(R) is the ultimate response to contamination> ● Gain in efficiency and simplicity> Stetho-STOP is easy and quick to use.> Use Stetho-STOP to gain in efficiency !> ●A perfect hearing> Its exclusive design does not alter hearing even on electronic> stethoscopes> ●Be proud of the quality of your medical care !> Stetho-STOP is immediately visible and recognizable.It is the> signature of quality health care for your patients and yourfellow> health personnel. www.stetho-stop.com>> (1) Taux de contamination des stéthoscopes en mileu hospitalier-> Genne, De Torrente, Humaire, Siegrist in Scheizerische medeziniche> Wochenschrift Vol 126, An 1996, Fasc 51-52> (2)Stethoscopes: A potential source of nosocomial infection – Francis> Marie, Africa-Purino, Dy, Coronel in Phil J Microbiol Infect Dis> 2000;> 29(2): 9-13> (3) Stethoscopes: A potential Vector of Infection-Jeffrey S jones MD,> FACEP, David Hoerle, Robert Riekse in Annals of Emergency Medecine> Vol> 26, Issue 3, sept 1995, Pages 226-299.> (4) The stethoscope in the emergency departement : a vector of> infection – NUNEZ S.; MORENO A. ; GREEN K ; VILLAR J. in Epidemiology> and infection 2000, vol. 124, no2, pp. 233-237.

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