Stethoscopes Never Need To Touch Patients Again With The DiskCover System

Eliminating Stethoscope Pathogen Transmission And Associated Costs SAN DIEGO, Jan. 12, 2024 – Hand hygiene is practiced vigilantly across all national healthcare facilities, yet a lack of stethoscope hygiene may be undermining these diligent infection control efforts. A new clinical publication titled "The Hidden Expense of Stethoscope Hygiene vs the… READ MORE

Aseptiscope Announces Upcoming Growth Funding Round for Commercialization Of DiskCover Stethoscope Hygiene System

August 31, 2023 at 8:54 AM PDT Aseptiscope Announces Upcoming Growth Funding Round for Commercialization Of DiskCover Stethoscope Hygiene System Aseptiscope will soon launch its Series B growth funding round, as it gears up to commercialize its DiskCover System, which seeks to address the problem of stethoscope contamination. San Diego,… READ MORE

Stethoscope Hygiene Solution by AseptiScope Featured in USA TODAY

The DiskCover System saves time, requires no formal training, and is proven to protect patients from dangerous pathogens "Aseptiscope® highlights shortcomings in stethoscope hygiene and other medical instruments" Kristen Lynch | Contributor Published 2:51 p.m. ET Aug. 7, 2023 Since the invention of the stethoscope by Rene Laënnec in 1816,… READ MORE

"Patients Now Safer with New Infection Control Innovation," claim health care providers in newly published multi-center clinical study

7 US healthcare systems integrated the new, touch-free, DiskCover® System for stethoscope hygiene.After a month of routine use, over 93% of participating clinicians believe the technology is superior to other options and improves patient safety.Clinicians also report The DiskCover System is easy to use, while improving clinical workflow and hygiene… READ MORE

Hand Hygiene Alone with Alcohol Rubs Won't Keep Patients Safe from Resistant Organisms, But Effective Innovation Has Arrived, Report Stethoscope Hygiene Experts

February 9, 2023, San Diego, CA – October 2022, a team of stethoscope hygiene experts met in Washington, D.C. and came to a sobering conclusion: “We can’t wash our way out of this”. For years now it has been recognized that stethoscopes represent a significant contamination challenge that is undermining… READ MORE

Patients are at Continuous Risk of Exposure to Pathogens, Warn Experts, Unless Effective Solutions for Stethoscope Hygiene are Integrated

November 10, 2022, San Diego, CA – In a new publication in the American Journal of Infection Control entitled “A New Normal for The Clinician’s Third Hand: Stethoscope Hygiene and Infection Prevention,” the authors, leaders in infection control, identify the threat that persistent and widespread gaps in stethoscope hygiene pose… READ MORE

Veterans Health Administration Innovation Specialists Evaluate The DiskCover System™ for Advanced Infection Control

January 31, 2022 San Diego, CA – AseptiScope®, Inc., a privately funded San Diego, California-based clinical innovation company, today announced the commencement of a 90-day InnoVAtion Pilot of its flagship product, The DiskCover™ System (, at the VA Medical Center and Viera Clinic in Orlando. The stethoscope, the most frequently used… READ MORE

IERA Women Leaders Certifies Kelly Powers, 10 Best COOs of 2021

Congratulations to Kelly Powers, Co-Founder & Chief Cooperating Officer of AseptiScope, Inc., on being certified as "10 Best COOs of 2021" by Industry Era WomenLeaders Magazine! Read about how Kelly has progressed in women's initiatives secured a strong strategic vision for AseptiScope here: You may also view the full edition of… READ MORE

AseptiScope CEO Scott Mader Featured on Med Tech Gurus Podcast

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At AseptiScope Customer Centricity is Key. Listen to the Med Tech Gurus national podcast featuring AseptiScope President and CEO Scott Mader.  In this interview, Scott describes his foundational experiences and how they have contributed to a culture of innovation, lean start-up organization, and cross disciplinary integration aligned around the critical theme of customer centricity at AseptiScope. Empowered… READ MORE

AseptiScope®, Inc. Announces Contract with UC San Diego Health for The DiskCover System™

The DiskCover™ System, the innovative stethoscope hygiene solution from AseptiScope®, is immediately available for purchase across the entire UC San Diego Health System  November 9, 2021 San Diego, CA – AseptiScope®, Inc., a privately funded San Diego, California-based clinical innovation company, today announced that it has entered into an agreement with the… READ MORE

Contaminated Stethoscopes Pose an Infection Risk to Patients and a Legal Risk to Medical Professionals

Growing awareness of the stethoscope as a potent vector for pathogen transmission will increase the frequency of related healthcare acquired infection malpractice litigation Authors call for updated stethoscope hygiene guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and adoption of innovative technologies, like The DiskCover™ System from AseptiScope®, Inc, to bolster both… READ MORE

Citing Mounting Evidence, Experts Petition The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to Elevate Stethoscope Hygiene Requirements

In a widely respected infection control journal, experts warn that contaminated stethoscopes are undermining the foundation of infection control in the United States.The expert panel issued a “call to action” for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to update antiquated guidelines in light of new understanding of the scope of the… READ MORE

Publication in the Journal PLOS ONE Examines the Role of the Stethoscope as a Vector for Nosocomial Pathogens and Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria in the Acute Care Setting

Study finds low levels of stethoscope hygiene education and practice and no significant reduction in stethoscope diaphragm contamination, including multidrug-resistant bacteria, after educational interventionsAuthors call for elevation of stethoscope hygiene to that of the hands, establishment of practical and accurate hygiene guidelines, and evaluation of alternative options for stethoscope hygiene,… READ MORE

AseptiScope®, Inc. and Brookline Capital Markets Announce that AseptiScope has Exceeded its $5M Series A Target in Raise of $6 Million

The San Diego start-up is launching its flagship offering, The DiskCover™ System, the first and only touch-free system to address the longstanding challenge of stethoscope contaminationProceeds will support the commercialization of The DiskCover System and development of new product offerings  April 23, 2021 San Diego, CA – AseptiScope Inc., a privately… READ MORE

New Study in Mayo Clinic Proceedings Shows AseptiScope DiskCover™ Barriers Completely Block Patient Exposure to Clostridioides difficile on Stethoscope Diaphragms

Clostridioides difficile (C. difficile) is a leading cause of healthcare associated infections in the USA, contributing to nearly 500,000 infections, 30,000 deaths, and $4.8B in annual excess acute care costs1 C. difficile is impervious to current standard-of-care cleaning with alcohol Study found zero growth of C. difficile inoculated stethoscopes protected… READ MORE

New Mayo Clinic Proceedings Study Finds Single Use Barriers Clinically Superior to Disposable Stethoscopes

Auscultations using professional stethoscopes with disk cover barriers from AseptiScope resulted in 100% diagnostic accuracy and no loss of sound amplitude Auscultations employing disposable stethoscopes produced an overall error rate of nearly 11% in clinical diagnosis Compared to disposable stethoscopes, disk cover barriers from AseptiScope are cost-effective, clinically superior, and… READ MORE

AseptiScope, Inc.™ President and CEO, Scott Mader, Featured in CEOCFO Magazine

Interview chronicles the maturation of the pioneering infection control company into a well-funded commercial entity launching its flagship product  December 22, 2020 (San Diego, CA) – AseptiScope, Inc.™, a privately funded San Diego, California-based clinical innovation company, announced that Scott Mader, company President and CEO, is featured in the latest issue… READ MORE

DiskCover To Debut at 2020 Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) National Forum

With an educational program and virtual booth, The DiskCover System, the first and only touch-free stethoscope barrier dispensing system, will be featured at the virtual IHI National Forum during December 7 - 9, 2020. Learn how The DiskCover System can help Protect Your Patients: Attend complimentary educational session focused on infection prevention… READ MORE

AseptiScope™ Announces the US Launch of The DiskCover™ System, the First Touch-Free Stethoscope Barrier Dispensing System to Protect Patients from Pathogen Exposure

The DiskCover System is the first practical and aseptic solution for the longstanding challenge of stethoscope hygiene Commercialization commences as the company fills contracted orders with initial customers Orders for The Discover System can be placed online at November 2, 2020 San Diego, CA – AseptiScope, Inc.™, a privately… READ MORE

AseptiScope Announces that Data Presented at October Medical Congresses Support the Use of Aseptic Disk Covers to Protect Against Contaminated Stethoscopes

One study is featured at the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) IDWeek virtual meetingTwo studies to be featured at the upcoming American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP20) virtual annual meeting October 22, 2020 San Diego, CA – AseptiScope™ Inc., a privately funded San Diego, California based clinical innovation company announced… READ MORE

New Article in CardioPulse Reveals a Case of Probable Patient-to-Provider COVID-19 Transmission by Stethoscope in the Clinical Setting

The stethoscope, while offering profound clinical utility, may have served as a vector for COVID-19 virus transmission.The AseptiScope™ DiskCover™ System, a new and innovative touch-free diaphragm barrier dispenser, offers a ray of hope for stethoscope hygiene and infection protection. October 14, 2020 San Diego, CA – A new CardioPulse article1 entitled “The Stethoscope: A Potential Vector… READ MORE

AseptiScope™ Recognized for Innovative Stethoscope Hygiene Technology

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, AseptiScope Receives MedTech Outlook’s 2020 Infection Control Company of the Year Award for its Innovative Stethoscope Hygiene Technology August 26, 2020 San Diego, CA – AseptiScope, a privately funded San Diego, California based, clinical innovation company, has been named the 2020 Infection Control Company of the Year by… READ MORE

American Journal of Medicine Article Highlights the Promise of Aseptic Barriers for Stethoscope Hygiene in the COVID-19 Era

The stethoscope has come under scrutiny as a vector for infection, particularly with the emergence of COVID-19 A novel, aseptic barrier system from AseptiScope™ prevents pathogen transmission  June 29, 2020 San Diego, California – An article in the new issue of The American Journal of Medicine highlights the practical and symbolic importance of the stethoscope… READ MORE

San Diego Start-up and UC San Diego Researchers Announce Study Results of Infection Control Technology to Eliminate Stethoscope Pathogen Transmissions

February 5, 2020, San Diego, CA. – AseptiScope, Inc. and clinical researchers from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine announce study results that confirm aseptic medical grade barriers, when applied to stethoscopes before clinical examinations, eliminate patient exposure to harmful bacteria, including the superbug MRSA.  In the… READ MORE

AseptiScope Appoints Tom Watlington as Chief Commercial Officer in Preparation for the Launch of the Innovative DiskCover System™ for Stethoscope Decontamination

October 1, 2019, San Diego, CA. – In advance of the 2020 launch of its novel system to reduce stethoscope contamination, AseptiScope, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Tom Watlington as Chief Commercial Officer. Tom, a highly regarded leader in the biotech start-up community and serial entrepreneur, has… READ MORE

Stethoscope cleaning needs to be promoted as much as handwashing in the healthcare environment

A new study demonstrates that practitioner stethoscopes are contaminated by a plethora of bacteria, including organisms that may be associated with nosocomial infections. Importantly, cleaning reduces contamination but does not bring the bacterial biomass down to the level of clean stethoscopes. The important findings of this study were reinforced in… READ MORE

Contemporary Stethoscope Cleaning Practices: What We Haven't Learned in 150 years

“Health care-associated infections (HAIs) post a significant danger to hospitalized patients. In 2011, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that there were 75,000 inpatient deaths…” Reference: David Boulée, MPAS, Sarathi Kalra, MD, MPH, Alison Haddock, MD, FACEP, T. David Johnson, PhD, W. Frank Peacock, MD, FACEP,… READ MORE

Observation of Stethoscope Sanitation Practices in an Emergency Department Setting

“Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), or infections acquired while receiving care within a medical facility, pose a significant risk to patients…" Reference: Rajiv S. Vasudevan, BS, Sean Mojaver, BS, Kay-Won Chang, MD, Alan S. Maisel, MD, W. Frank Peacock, MD, Punam Chowdhury, MD. American Journal of Infection Control. Published Online November 8,… READ MORE

Two New Studies Confirm Stethoscopes Pose Significant Risk of Infection That Novel Technology May Soon Address

November 12, 2018 - San Diego, CA.  AseptiScope®, Inc. announces it is advancing its innovative medical device to reduce stethoscope contamination that two large U.S. studies, published last week, confirm pose a significant health risk.  The two large clinical studies appearing in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) conclude that stethoscopes… READ MORE

Stethoscope Hygiene Remains Poor - New data presented at ID Week, 2018

Vasuveden RS, et al. Observation of Stethoscope Sanitation Practices in the Emergency Department. ID Week 2018 Poster Presentation from UCSD and VAMC San Diego. Despite 30 years of accrued evidence of contamination, this latest presentation at ID Week, 2018 confirms stethoscope hygiene compliance remains poor - reinforcing the need for… READ MORE

Bacterial Resistance Evolves to Alcohol Based Disinfectants

“Increasing Tolerance of Hospital Enterococcus faecium to Handwash Alcohols” has demonstrated what many have expected for some time; bacterial adaptations are challenging infection control protocols in the hospital setting. Reference:Pidot, Saha. August 2018. Volume 10, Issue 452, ear 6115. Science Translational Medicine. Link READ MORE

70-100% of Stethoscopes are Contaminated

In this recent publication, the authors reinforce that 70-100% of stethoscopes are contaminated, and a clear need exists for strategies to alter physician recognition and behavior for stethoscope disinfection. Reference:Horiuchi, Yu. September 2018, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 120-125. Current Emergency and Hospital Medicine Reports. Link READ MORE

Hospitals Step Up The War On Superbugs

“To curb infections, hospitals are setting more rigorous hygiene standards, focusing on commonplace equipment such as stethoscopes and blood-pressure cuffs, which can collect bacteria and potentially transmit disease.” ‘I was appalled,’ Dr. Daniel Federman says, after seeing an image of the bacteria that accumulated on his stethoscope.” Reference:Lagnado, Lucette. Hospitals… READ MORE