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Doctor's stethoscope cover aimed at hospital infections

Boston Globe, March 22, 2010

Like many of his peers, Lowell, MA, physician Richard Ma has repeatedly plunked the listening end of his stethoscope into a latex glove before examining a patient with a suspected communicable disease at Saints Medical Center. But Ma has invented something called the Stethguard, which slides up the scope's neckpiece. The necktie-shaped plastic sheath serves as a barrier and may offer ammunition in the fight to reduce hospital-acquired infection, Ma says.