When did wearing a stethoscope become popular

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    I have heard the wearing a stethoscope around your neck damages the tubing because of the oils in your skin. So when did wearing a stethoscope around the neck become popular? I know as nursing students we all do it because we want everyone to know were in nursing school and we think it looks cool. I see some nurses wearing their's around their neck and some just leave it somewhere.
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    For clinicals in my program, your stethoscope had to be on your person at all times. Wasn't about looking cool. As for damage, the biggest problem with scopes is losing them, not damage- if yours lasts long enough to get damaged by skin oils, replace it & be happy.
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    At least 36 years ago, because that's when I was in nursing school. And not to look cool.....you need it all the time.....
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    At least 36 years ago, because that's when I was in nursing school.  And not to look cool.....you need it all the time.....well, we did 36 years ago anyway, because we didn't use automatic BP machines.
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    I always covered mine. I made my own. I would have a couple of clean ones in my locker at all times and change it everyday. I've always worn mine, but in the late 70's early 80's the hospitals stopped providing them and leaving them in patients rooms. You need it with you as much as you need your shoes.
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    I thought current evidence showed that cloth covers for stethescopes are not recommended as they are vectors for formites, many were innoculated with VRE, VRSA, MRSA and other bad bugs.
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    So are your scrubs and shoes as well as the stethoscope itself.......

    I agree one can't guarantee that they are washed, changed and clean. I am not recommending it I was showing what I have done in the past. I, however, was obsessive with the changing and cleaning of the cover and the scope itself. My other pet peeve is that most nurses fail to clean their watches, rings, scissors and hemostats.....yuck
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    Quote from Esme12
    So are your scrubs and shoes as well as the stethoscope itself.......

    I agree one can't guarantee that they are washed, changed and clean. I am not recommending it I was showing what I have done in the past. I, however, was obsessive with the changing and cleaning of the cover and the scope itself. My other pet peeve is that most nurses fail to clean their watches, rings, scissors and hemostats.....yuck
    Yes some people are walking formite factories. Hopefully people at least wash their scrubs I think most didn't think about washing their scope covers hence the incidents of hospital acquired infections linked to the scope covers. Just like the HAI linked to rings, watches, lab coats, fake fingernails, long hair and a few other things that one would think was common sense.

    My instructor that was in charge of clinical rotations was pretty strict that we were not going to cause an infection with patients in a facility where we were guests. No rings, post earrings and no stones, no scope covers, socks must be calf-height or higher (and yes, she did check!) hair off collar... stethoscopes were to be carried in our pocket not around our neck.
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    i wear mine around my neck sometimes. sometimes i shove it in my scrub pocket, but it has a habit of falling out or getting caught on things. sometimes i leave it on the computer on wheels hoping it doesnt disappear. wherever i decide to adorn it, i never considered it a fashion statement, merely a tool i need to bring with me-- and ill put it wherever makes sense to me at the time. I make sure to wipe it down with sanicloths especially after leaving contact rooms, if it has come into contact with something yucky and before and after each shift.

    this is a weird thread.
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    Quote from ashleyisawesome
    i wear mine around my neck sometimes. sometimes i shove it in my scrub pocket, but it has a habit of falling out or getting caught on things. sometimes i leave it on the computer on wheels hoping it doesnt disappear. wherever i decide to adorn it, i never considered it a fashion statement, merely a tool i need to bring with me-- and ill put it wherever makes sense to me at the time. I make sure to wipe it down with sanicloths especially after leaving contact rooms, if it has come into contact with something yucky and before and after each shift.

    this is a weird thread.
    I do the same. Sometimes around my neck, sometimes in my pocket. And I agree this is a weird thread


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