Hospital acquired infection is a major issue for the NHS and is in the forefront of patient's minds when admitted to hospital. It has also stretched beyond healthcare into the political arena. Hospital equipment has been shown to be a vector for infection. It has long been known that stethoscopes, Doppler probes, otoscopes and even white coats have all been shown to carry pathogenic organisms.
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Published online: February 02, 2007
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