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We all go to doctors or hospitals expecting a cure for our ailments, but did you know that visiting a doctor can actually make you more ill? According to two independent studies -- one conducted in DY Patil Medical College and one at the Geneva University Hospitals found that a doctors stethoscope is one of the most germ-infested devices you can come across in a hospital setting. The studies found that the instrument is usually infected with a large number of harmful bacteria including drug resistant ones, since the doctor checks on multiple patients throughout the day without sterilizing or cleaning the stethoscope -- making it a potent carrier of infectious organisms. As a simple measure to ensuring a patient's safety from hospital-acquired infections, researchers have suggested that doctors simply wipe down the stethoscope with spirit after every patient they examine.
Read more about why stethoscopes make you trust your doctor more.
So, to help you stay safe from infections, here are things you can do to check if your doctor is hygienic:
Tips to prevent infection by the hospital staff:
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With inputs from IANS
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