Cleanstethoscope

Cleanstethoscope is a simple to use product designed to help keep you, your patients and your family stay healthy. It’s ergonomic design and size is perfect for everyday use. The Cleanstethoscope comes with a magnet that allows you to wear it on your uniform on your chest or in your pocket as shown in the pictures.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Cleanstethoscope is a device that protects your stethoscope while cleaning the bell of your stethoscope. This lets you focus on providing critical care to your patients. Simply attach Cleanstethoscope onto your uniform using the included magnet.

 Slide the stethoscope bell into the Cleanstethoscope chamber. That’s it. Your stethoscope will be protected while potential germs are eliminated.

As a physician, you wouldn’t point a loaded gun at a patient. So why would you examine them with a stethoscope that has the potential to be a deadly disease carrier? Cleanstethoscope works every time you insert it into our patent-pending germ-killing chamber. Forget those troublesome sheaths that must be changed with each patient and reduce audibility. Cleanstethoscope is the ONLY product that cleans while maintaining your stethoscope’s audio functions. With a usage life of 10-12 hours, multiple patients can be seen without it costing an arm, a leg or a life.

According to recent studies, each year Healthcare Acquired Infections lead to millions in additional healthcare costs and even loss of life for thousands. Cleanstethoscope reduces your chances of getting an infection or spreading an infection to your patients or family—for less than the cost of an apple a day.

 It’s simple—like normal. If over the neck or your pocket, slide the bell of your stethoscope into our patent-pending germ-killing chamber. With the magnetic clip on the back of Cleanstethoscope, you can attach it anywhere. Each germ-killing sponge lasts up to 12 hours under normal conditions. When it dries up, replace it—but never by re-soaking the sponge—it’s clean.

 Yes. Upon request, Cleanint will send you refills on a subscription basis to ensure that you always have Cleanstethoscope refills available to use.

 No. Cleanint’s proprietary cleaning solution is alcohol-free.

 Yes. Cleanint’s unique cleaning solution is safe for everyone, including children and women who are pregnant.

Yes. The Cleanint Corporate Marketing Partnership programs offers several options for purchasing products at quantity discounts. Other options such as distributing licenses and a co-branding Cleanint products are also available. Click here to contact us for more information.

“Many hospital administrators worry that they can’t afford to implement these precautions. The truth is, they can’t afford not to. Infections erode hospital profits, because rarely are hospitals paid fully for the added weeks or months of care when a patient gets an infection.

For example, Allegheny GeneralHospital in Pittsburgh would have made a profit treating a 37-year-old video programmer and father of four who was admitted with acute pancreatitis, but the economics changed when the patient developed an MRSA bloodstream infection. He had to stay in the hospital 86 days, and the hospital lost $41,813, according to research by Richard Shannon, former chairman of the Department of Medicine at Allegheny.” Link to source

By preventing one person from getting an infection, you have just paid the cost for having a Cleanstethoscope a hundred times over.

 Your patients will know you care about their good health. If you concerned with your stethoscope, they will have a positive outlook on you and patients appreciate that you are taking extra measures. By utilizing Cleanstethoscope you clearly communicate a focus on having a sterile environment that goes above and beyond what your patients are accustomed to. If you patients visit another doctor or nurse that has a Cleanstethoscope and you do not–they will have a negative impression of you.

Studies on HAI and Stethoscopes

 

  • An article concerning Cross Infection between the Stethoscope diaphragm and the Patient. Evaluation of Stethoscopes as Vectors of Clostridium difficile and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus.
    Healthcare workers’ stethoscopes are potential vectors for transmission of pathogens because they frequently come in contact with the skin of patients and are not routinely cleaned between examinations. Point-prevalence culture surveys have demonstrated that stethoscope diaphragms may be contaminated with pathogens such as Clostridium difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).1-5 However, previous publications have not directly quantified the risk for transmission of C. difficile and MRSA by stethoscopes. Here, we examined the risk for transmission of these pathogens by stethoscopes in the laboratory and during simulated examinations of patients and evaluated methods to disinfect contaminated stethoscopes.
    . By:Ravy K. Vajravelu, Dubert M. Guerrero, Lucy A. Jury, Curtis J. Donskey, January 2012. Link to source
  • An article concerning Cross Infection between the Stethoscope diaphragm and the Patient. Stethoscope Friend or Foe. By: Isaac Wurtzberger M.D., June 2004. Read full article
  • Stethoscopes are commonly used to assess the health of patients and have been reported to be potential vectors for nosocomial infections in various parts of the world [3,7-10]. Following contact with infected skin, pathogens can attach and establish themselves on the diaphragms of stethoscopes and subsequently be transferred to other patients if the stethoscope is not disinfected [11-13]. Bacterial contamination of stethoscopes used by health workers: public health implications. Chigozie J. Uneke, Annayo Ogbonna, Patrick G. Oyibo, Christian M. Onu. Read full article
  • Busy, overburdened hospitals, ever-mutating strains of bacteria and spotty handwashing compliance – these are just a few of the reasons behind increasing rates of healthcareacquired infection (HAI). But with multiple and varied contributing factors, it’s difficult to get a handle on this widespread, worldwide problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HAIs account for an estimated 1.7 million infections and 99,000 deaths in U.S. hospitals each year.1 Clean Up Your Act!. Joint Commission. Read full article
  • Because stethoscopes might be potential vectors of nosocomial infections, this study, conducted in a 450-bed general hospital, was devised to evaluate the bacterial contamination of stethoscopes; bacterial survival on stethoscope membranes; the kinetics of the bacterial load on stethoscope membranes during clinical use; and the efficacy of 70% alcohol or liquid soap for membrane disinfection. Among the 355 stethoscopes tested, 234 carried 2 different bacterial species; 31 carried potentially pathogenic bacteria. Although some bacteria deposited onto membranes could survive 6 to 18 hours, none survived after disinfection (Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 1999;20:626-628). Bacterial Contamination of Hospital Physicians’ Stethoscopes. Author(s): Louis Bernard , MD, Anne Kereveur , MD, Dominique Durand, RN, Jeanne Gonot,RN, Fred Goldstein, MD, Jean Luc Mainardi , MD, Joseph Acar , MD, PhD, Jean Carlet , MD Source: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Vol. 20, No. 9 (September 1999), pp. 626-628. Read full article
  • Studies have demonstrated frequent contamination of stethoscope and usefulness of different disinfectants. Albeit, studies on the precise mode of cleaning and frequency of cleaning are lacking. This study was carried out to determine efficacy of 66% ethyl alcohol as disinfectant, rate of recontamination without cleaning and benefits of daily versus immediate cleaning. A PROSPECTIVE, RANDOMISED, DOUBLE-BLIND STUDY OF COMPARATIVE EFFICACY OF IMMEDIATE VERSUS DAILY CLEANING OF STETHOSCOPE USING 66% ETHYL ALCOHOL. By: RAMESH C. PARMAR, CHAYYA C. VALVI, POONAM SIRA, JAISHREE R. KAMAT. Read full article
  • We assessed how often bedside stethoscopes in our intensive care unit were cleaned and whether they became colonised with potentially pathogenic bacteria. On two separate days the 12 nurses attending the bedspaces were questioned about frequency of stethoscope cleaning on the unit and the bedside stethoscopes were swabbed before and after cleaning to identify colonising organisms. Twenty-two health care providers entering the unit were asked the same questions and had their personal stethoscopes swabbed. All 32 non-medical staff cleaned their stethoscopes at least every day; however only three out of the 12 medical staff cleaned this often. Out of 24 intensive care unit bedside stethoscopes tested, two diaphragms and five earpieces were colonised with pathogenic bacteria. MRSA cultured from one earpiece persisted after cleaning. Three out of the 22 personal stethoscope diaphragms and five earpieces were colonised with pathogens. After cleaning, two diaphragms and two earpieces were still colonised, demonstrating the importance of regular cleaning. Bacterial contamination of stethoscopes on the intensive care unit. By: A. M. Whittington, G. Whitlow, D. Hewson, C. Thomas and S. J. Brett. Read full article
  • The stethoscope is used many times each day on many different patients, frequently with little regard to its cleanliness or its potential as a vector of infection. In 1995 an investigation by Jeffrey Jones and colleagues made the news in a major daily newspaper. Their investigation was to determine the relationship between frequency & type of cleaning and incidence of Staphylococcus on stethoscopes in use in an emergency medicine room. A Clean stethoscope is a healthy stethoscope. By: Carl Leake. Read full article

 

 

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