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Efficacy of Alcohol-Based Hand Rubs in the Disinfection of Stethoscopes

  • Aneesh K. Mehta (a1), J. Sue Halvosa (a1), Carolyn V. Gould (a1) and James P. Steinberg (a1)

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Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, 101 Woodruff Circle, Suite 2101, Atlanta, GA 30033 (aneesh.mehta@emory.edu)

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Efficacy of Alcohol-Based Hand Rubs in the Disinfection of Stethoscopes

  • Aneesh K. Mehta (a1), J. Sue Halvosa (a1), Carolyn V. Gould (a1) and James P. Steinberg (a1)

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