We all know from our childhood days that hand washing is so very important for preventing so many infections. And now we keep on reminding our kids to make it a point to wash their hands quite frequently –perhaps most importantly before taking anything.
Now-a-days Hospital Aquired Infection is a hot topic. The hand hygiene of the doctors and the paramedical staff is very crucial. But at some point of time have you felt the need to remind your health care worker to clean her hands.
Today I chanced upon this thought provoking write-up at CDC website-Hand hygiene: Patients Speak-up. In a way it appears to be motivating for the patients to ask their doctors to clean their hands. Please have a look at one of the ways to do it ( as given in the article) –
Patient: “Doctor, I’m embarrassed to even ask you this, but would you mind cleansing your hands before you begin?”
Clinician: “Oh, I washed them right before I came in the room.”
Patient: “If you wouldn’t mind, I’d like you to do it again in front of me.”
Clinician: “Sure, no problem.”
Patient: “Thanks doctor. I know how important hand hygiene is in preventing the spread of infections.”
Now the question is –how many healthcare workers would take it sportingly? Let me tell you the ground reality here in India –most patients won’t dare (!) to do this and if some daring souls did it, i am sure most likely it would misfire! Then what is the remedy? –pray for your health workers’ good sense of hand hygiene. What else you can do?