Our Mission: A superior alternative to disposable stethoscopes
Our disposable stethoscope covers come in two sizes: Full-length covers that offer an alternative to costly low quality disposable stethoscopes and stethoscope diaphragm covers for general infection control.
For COVID-19/Droplet precautions, we recommend our plastic full length covers as an alternative to disposable stethoscopes. Plastic full length covers are in stock as of 10/5/2020.
StethoBarrier strives to improve patient satisfaction and safety while providing innovative hygiene products to healthcare facilities to prevent the spread of infectious disease. A large body of research indicates stethoscopes can acquire and transfer pathogenic organisms including bacteria, viruses and fungi. This practice puts children, immune-compromised, hospitalized, elderly and even healthy individuals at risk for life-threatening infections.
Hand washing with soap and water is the only way to eliminate dangerous pathogens including the spores, gram-positive bacteria and non-enveloped viruses that alcohol cannot kill. Since stethoscopes cannot be washed, we created StethoBarrier disposable stethoscope covers - a cost-effective, easy to use, disposable, high visibility product that prevents the acquisition and transmission of pathogens by stethoscopes.
Healthcare associated infections lead to significant morbidity and mortality in the United States. In the United States, it is estimated that HAIs cause 1.3 million infections and 100,000 deaths per year resulting in an estimated cost of $4.5 to $5.7 billion annually.
Any practice ranging from nursing homes to solo practices and hospitals can reduce the risk of transmission through stethoscopes for just a few cents.