DOI: 10.1101/474098Nov 19, 2018Paper

Stethoscope disinfection is rarely done in Ethiopia: what are the associated factors?

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Biniyam Sahiledengle


Background The stethoscope, which is universally used as a medical device by healthcare providers, is likely to be contaminated by pathogenic microorganisms. And regular cleaning of the diaphragm of the stethoscope with a suitable disinfectant is decisive. However, in the resource constrained setting like many healthcare facilities in Ethiopia healthcare provider’s stethoscope disinfection practice and its associated factors have not been well studied so far. Therefore, this study sought to determine stethoscope disinfection practice and associated factors among the healthcare providers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Methods A facility-based cross-sectional survey was carried out between April and May 2016. For this survey, 576 healthcare providers were included from 21 healthcare facilities in Addis Ababa. A pre-tested structured questionnaire was used for data collection. Descriptive statistics were computed. Binary and multivariable logistic regression analyses were used to identify factors that were significantly associated with stethoscope disinfection after every use. Results Five hundred forty six participants were take part in this study, for a response rate of 94.7%. Of these, only 39.7% (95%CI: 35.9, 44.0%) of healthcare p...Continue Reading

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