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Old 05-15-2019, 05:27 PM
sara20 is offline
Join Date: Mar 2014
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Do forehead thermometers spread infections at doctors offices?

Most of the doctor's offices I have been to the past couple years now use forehead thermometers, where they rub it against your forehead and temple. I wonder if these can spread infection such as virus, strep, staph, and MSRA between patients? To me it seems unsanitary. There is no disposable cover or anything. When they first used it a couple years ago they would wipe the end with an alcohol pad first before using it, now they just use it without cleaning it first. I have asked a couple times for them to clean it first and they usually say they clean it afterwards which I have never seen, and then they clean it in front of me while acting bashful. Are they coated in antimicrobial stuff now or was the person just lazy, and can they spread infections between patients?