Cleaning a standard stethoscope properly in order to ensure it is antimicrobial can take up to 24-hours. tone™ stethoscopes need no additional disinfecting to ensure microbial protection.
Physicians’ Stethoscopes are More Contaminated Than Their Hands
Because stethoscopes are used repeatedly over the course of a day, and come directly into contact with patients’ skin, they can harbor several thousands of bacteria.
The world’s first (and only) antimicrobial stethoscope, tone™ protects patients from infection, and facilities and healthcare workers from the risk of causing unintended contamination.
A baseline study was conducted at a 150 bed hospital. 95 stethoscopes were cultured and tested with adenosine triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence assay prior to being treated with MicrobeCare™.
of untreated stethoscopes were culture-positive with heavy bacterial contamination.
reduction in average ATP scores 90-days after a single application of MicrobeCare™. (initial avg. 398 RLU, post avg. 39 RLU).
more contamination on untreated stethoscopes than stethoscopes treated with MicrobeCare™ 90-days after treatment.
36% of treated stethoscopes were culture-negative 90-days after a single application of MicrobeCare™.
Read more about MicrobeCare™ in the American Journal of Infection Control
Assessment of a novel antimicrobial surface disinfectant on inert surfaces in the intensive care unit environment using ATP bioluminescence assay. February 2020
Assessment of an innovative antimicrobial surface disinfectant in the operating room environment using adenosine triphosphate bioluminescence assay. March 2015