The Yuck Factor

All of us in health care know the importance of cleaning and washing our hands when we care for others. This simple act can prevent injury to patients and save lives.

I am going to give you another reason to wash your hands.

Take a good look at the bacterial cultures of the hands of two of our employees. Hand2You can see those areas that represent growth of bacteria. Bacteria that can be transmitted to others, including our patients, our co-workers, our friends, our spouses, our children and ourselves.

This phenomenon qualifies by a very precise scientific term, YUCK.

Makes you want to grab a handful of popcorn. Would you like Hand1bacteria with that butter?

Hand hygiene compliance is a common problem in health care – and is not always discussed openly. But thanks to a study conducted right here at Henry Ford Hospital, we may have found a way to boost compliance.

Infection Prevention and Control specialists who conducted the study observed that showing magnified images of bacteria found on things like a mouse pad or work station, even a person’s hand, swayed workers in four patient care units to do a better job of cleaning their hands. Compliance rates improved on average by nearly 24 percent.

This is big news. So big that CNN picked up the story and prominently featured Henry Ford Hospital.

I don’t know about you, but a picture is worth a thousand words.

For others and for yourself, please wash your hands. Do everything you can. Enjoy the popcorn.

Learn more about the study conducted at Henry Ford Hospital here.

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  1. When I wash my hands, I always think of literally rubbing all the germs off so it is more than a splash of water and a swish of soap. Now I have a great YUCK visual to reinforce my conviction to rub and scrub away any germs that might want to linger. And while I am at it, maybe a sanitizer rub and scrub of all of our shared computer accessories, phones, etc. might be in order as well!

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