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Efficacy of a wearable ultraviolet-C light device for semiautomated decontamination of stethoscopes between each use

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 December 2019

Greg R. Faulx
Affiliation:
Shaker Heights High School, Shaker Heights, Ohio
Erica L. Emig
Affiliation:
Hawken High School, Gates Mills, Ohio
Heba Alhmidi
Affiliation:
Research Service, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Yilen K. Ng-Wong
Affiliation:
Research Service, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Thriveen S.C. Mana
Affiliation:
Research Service, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Jennifer L. Cadnum
Affiliation:
Research Service, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Curtis J. Donskey*
Affiliation:
Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland, Ohio Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio
*
Author for correspondence: Curtis J. Donskey, E-mail: Curtis. Donskey@va.gov

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