I'm supposed to wear an "Ask me if I washed my hands!" button?! - page 21

Today, administrators launched a handwashing campaign, part of which includes having patient care staff wear giant buttons that say, "Ask me if I washed my hands!" Patients are encouraged to ask... Read More

  1. by   lpnstudentin2010
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ecugirl
    Methinks thou doest protest too much. As an Infection Control nurse of almost 15 years, I can tell you from study after study and from personal observations of staff, that staff DO NOT wash their hands nor do they clean equipment from patient to patient. I can't tell you how many times I have watched staff; not just nurses either; come out of a patient room, remove gloves and go straight to the computer to chart...never washing their hands. And I challenge you, whenever you are a patient, be it yourself at your doctor's office or an Urgent Care or Emergency Room OR your child at the pediatrician's...watch and see who washes their hands before touching you or your child...you will be appalled! This is a nationwide effort to respond to JCAHO's Patient Safey Goal of compliance with the CDC Guidelines for Hand Hygiene to ensure staff are washing their hands and involve patients in their care. This should be viewed as a good thing for patient care. At my hospital we have been doing this since 1991 with signs posted in the patient room stating, "Has your healthcare worker washed their hands? ASK THEM!" You shouldn't be so intimidated by this question if you are doing the right thing.


    As I am only 18 I still go to a ped and at the office they use instant hand sanatizer before and after touching you.
  2. by   RhondaXYZ
    Here is an idea...

    Our hospital would NOT allow any of us to wear ANY badges of any kind, since they claim that if buttons or badges are allowed, then union buttons and badges are also allowed.
    Maybe you should bring that up.
  3. by   weezer123
    How Kindergarden can you get???????? scream scream....I guess that is why I am a weezer
  4. by   weezer123
    Next it might be ask me if I wiped my A--!!!!!!! This makes my blood pressure go up...on our ortho floor everybody got constipated really bad so we had to ask the patients "have your bowels moved today" and one day this really prissy nurse (you know the ones) asked the question and the patient said "yeah, have yours".... our supervisor changed it for us after that..ha ha...
  5. by   nursemelani
    That is insulting. I would feel like I worked at Wal-Mart. And you are SO right about Drs not washing their hands. My son had some problems with his foreskin, and 3 different Drs retracted his foreskin without washing their hands or putting on gloves. I suppose they could have washed their hands before entering the room, but their was a sink in the room and nobody washed their hands in that sink before or after touching my sons infected foreskin.
  6. by   weezer123
    I understand what you mean, but wearing a button? I am so germ fobic, I wash constantly and never touch toilets, sink faucets, paper towel holders or door handles without a paper towel and the worse for me is grocery buggies!!!! ugh...
  7. by   CyndieRN2007
    Quote from LPNtoRN
    You people can ride your high horses all you want. I know to wash my hands, and I've got the dryness to prove it. I ain't wearing no demeaning juvenile kick me button.

    :yeahthat:

    I am an RN student. I have already had so many patients with MRSA. I am compulsive about washing my hands. They are so dry they crack and bleed sometimes. I even overuse the sanitizer. Its for my protection as much at the patients. Just my part in infection control. I wouldnt want to wear the button though, thats just crazy.
  8. by   jturner9108
    I think i work at the same place daisybaby vbmenu_register("postmenu_1337368", true); works at.. this happened a couple of months ago..... We fely humiliated, but decided that we would wear them and be proud of them other wise the patients could really get on your nerves with them if they thought we were ashamed of the buttons, sure i want the patients to fell comfortable enough with me that they could ask me if i washed my hands, but theses buttons were awful.. but to let you know at first we wore them everyday and then little by little we stopped wearing them , now at our clinic you wont be able to find the red button there is not one single person wearing them anymore... hopefully this has happened where you work at tooo.... we were so mad at first ..........
  9. by   topamicha
    Methinks thou doest protest too much. As an Infection Control nurse of almost 15 years, I can tell you from study after study and from personal observations of staff, that staff DO NOT wash their hands nor do they clean equipment from patient to patient. I can't tell you how many times I have watched staff; not just nurses either; come out of a patient room, remove gloves and go straight to the computer to chart...never washing their hands. And I challenge you, whenever you are a patient, be it yourself at your doctor's office or an Urgent Care or Emergency Room OR your child at the pediatrician's...watch and see who washes their hands before touching you or your child...you will be appalled! This is a nationwide effort to respond to JCAHO's Patient Safey Goal of compliance with the CDC Guidelines for Hand Hygiene to ensure staff are washing their hands and involve patients in their care. This should be viewed as a good thing for patient care. At my hospital we have been doing this since 1991 with signs posted in the patient room stating, "Has your healthcare worker washed their hands? ASK THEM!" You shouldn't be so intimidated by this question if you are doing the right thing.
    Perhaps you are all professional enough to wash your hands regularly, but as the above poster pointed out, a huge number of healthcare professionals aren't. There are lives at stake here. I don't think it's such a terrible thing considering how much illness and even death may be avoided because some careless nurse/doc/cna was asked to wash her hands. Maybe this will get the point across, since nothing else has, obviously.
  10. by   jturner9108
    I protested it because it was degrading, it is a little childish... but i wore the button .. i definatly can say at our clinic we wash our hands and change our gloves all the time.... we pretty much wash or hand sanitize every time we touch something...
  11. by   CyndieRN2007
    Quote from TracyB,RN

    If I had to wear that button I think I would put cute smilie stickers over the "ask me" so that just the " I washed my hands is visible" then add with a sharpie... "DID YOU?"
    Thats funny!!
  12. by   Chaya
    Quote from topamicha
    Perhaps you are all professional enough to wash your hands regularly, but as the above poster pointed out, a huge number of healthcare professionals aren't. There are lives at stake here. I don't think it's such a terrible thing considering how much illness and even death may be avoided because some careless nurse/doc/cna was asked to wash her hands. Maybe this will get the point across, since nothing else has, obviously.
    If you aren't professional enough to wash you're hands regularly, how is wearing a button going to accomplish this? Might this not give our patients the message that it is their responsibility to remind staff to wash their hands? A patient may well wonder what other really basic practices the staff are too clueless to remember on their own... The implications are pretty scary.
  13. by   Chaya
    How bout a big neon arrow pointing to the waterless handwash dispenser or sink that flashes when staff comes through the door entering or leaving a pt room? And maybe a klaxon or siren that sounds if no handwashing takes place w/in a few seconds?

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