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Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS -

Well, that didn’t last long. Ore­gon of­fi­cials are back­ing off their pro­posal to pro­hibit sales of pot­in­fused treats (p. 36, March 31) at the state’s med­i­cal mar­i­juana stores af­ter re­ceiv­ing hun­dreds of e-mailed com­ments op­pos­ing the ban. In a new set of rules, the Ore­gon Health Author­ity seeks only to ban mar­i­jua­nalaced prod­ucts that are made or pack­aged in ways that might ap­peal to chil­dren, pro­hibit­ing drug-in­fused goods that are brightly colored or formed in the shape of an­i­mals, toys or can­dies. … Break out the dis­in­fec­tant. Re­searchers in Switzer­land found that the di­aphragms of stetho­scopes—the part that a doc­tor presses against your chest— were more con­tam­i­nated with the su­per­bug MRSA than the palm of the hand.

And if the stetho­scopes aren’t dis­in­fected be­tween uses, they’re just as likely to con­tam­i­nate the next pa­tient as un­washed hands, they said.

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