Friday, 14 December 2018

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Source: ST

Doctors' stethoscopes are 'loaded' with bacteria including hospital superbug MRSA

Doctors' stethoscopes are dangerously filthy, putting patients in danger of staph and MRSA infections, a new study reveals.

And most are riddled with the kinds of bacteria that cause hospital-associated infections that cause 99,000 deaths a year in the US alone.

Researchers at University of Pennsylvania looked at just a few stethoscopes (40) used by doctors in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the institution's medical center.

But every one of the instruments was contaminated with a wide range of bacteria, each carried the notorious germ that causes staph infection and half had MRSA bacteria.


Registration of e-scooters opens Jan 2

Owners of electric scooters will be able to register their devices with the authorities from Jan 2.

The registration fee of S$20 will be waived for owners who register their e-scooters by Mar 31, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said this in a media release on Wednesday (Dec 12).

Registration can be done via LTA's website at or at Singapore Post offices until Jun 30.

"Registrants must be at least 16 years old and will need to declare that their e-scooters are compliant with the device criteria specified under the Active Mobility Act," LTA said.

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