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Disposable

Disposable stethoscopes sound like a giant waste, however the stethoscope itself is not thrown away after each use. Instead a plastic cover or a removable plastic head is disposed of. However, completely disposable models can be found. As many diseases and germs can be spread from skin to skin contact, these devices can serve to spread illness if not properly sanitized. These models allow medical professionals to protect their patients and improve the health of others. Though they are slightly wasteful, the lives saved may be worth the expense of disposal.